Rep. Scott Expresses Concern to Attorney General About Last Minute Polling Procedure Changes in Virginia

October 20, 2008
Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, (D-VA-3), sent a letter Friday to Attorney General Michael Mukasey concerning requests made by several jurisdictions in the <?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = ST1 />Commonwealth of Virginia for changes to polling procedures.  Any such changes require “pre-clearance” by the Department of Justice under the federal Voting Rights Act before they can become effective.<?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = O />


The text of Congressman Scott’s letter to the Attorney General is below:

The Honorable Michael B. Mukasey

Attorney General of the United States

U.S. Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20530-0001

Dear Attorney General Mukasey: 


I understand that there have been several requests for pre-clearance, under the Voting Rights Act requirements, of polling procedure changes by jurisdictions in Virginia for the upcoming presidential election.  I write to request a list of the jurisdictions that have requested such changes together with the changes they requested and any actions you have taken on those requests.

I am also requesting that you respond to this letter no later than Friday, October 24, 2008.

Very truly yours, 



Member of Congress