Tuesday, August 2, 2016

VA governor restores voting rights, despite court

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia had issued an executive order that restored the voting rights to more than 200,000 felons who had served their sentence and returned to society.   Republicans sued to overturn his action, and last week the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that McAuliffe had exceeded his clemency powers in issuing a sweeping order that covered all ex-offenders.

McAuliffe's response:  He called it a disgrace that the Republican leadership of the state would want to disenfranchise voters.   Since the court's objection was not to restoring the vote per se, but only that he gave blanket approval, he said he will begin immediately signing individual orders for the 13,000 who had already registered to vote.  And then, as others apply to register, he will continue to sign individual orders.


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