Federal Lawsuit Claims That in 2008 Students at Historically Black Lincoln University in Pennsylvania Were Denied Their Right to Vote

In November 2008 people in a heavily black voting precinct, which includes the campus of historically black Lincoln University in Chester County, Pennsylvania, stood in line for up to eight hours in the rain in order to cast their ballots. Many of the voters who waited in the long lines, or those who decided not to vote because of the overcrowding, were Lincoln University students.

Now a coalition of civil rights groups has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the county government intentionally provided inadequate voting facilities in an effort to suppress the African-American vote. According to the lawsuit, poll workers were not furnished with up-to-date registration lists and GOP poll watchers frequently challenged the credentials of black voters.