Virginia Governor Restores Voting Rights to Felons

Source: New York Times | April 22, 2016 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and ERIK ECKHOLM

WASHINGTON — Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia used his executive power on Friday to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons, circumventing the Republican-run legislature. The action overturns a Civil War-era provision in the state’s Constitution aimed, he said, at disenfranchising African-Americans.

The sweeping order, in a swing state that could play a role in deciding the November presidential election, will enable all felons who have served their prison time and finished parole or probation to register to vote. Most are African-Americans, a core constituency of Democrats, Mr. McAuliffe’s political party.


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    silver pines #5034

    I can’t even begin to describe how much I despise this carpetbagging Clintonite toad who squats in my governor’s mansion. Thomas Jefferson…Patrick Henry…and THIS THING. If that’s not evidence of how far society has deteriorated, I don’t know what is.

    My second favorite TV show, “TURN: Washington’s Spies”, starts its third season on Monday. It’s a truly great series and we love it; it’s filmed entirely here in Virginia. But that POS McAuliffe wangled a cameo appearance for one of the upcoming episodes. I’ve seen pics of him in period costume and a white periwig. It makes me vomit to think his presence is going to stink up my show, even if only for a few moments. I’ll have to leave the room when he shows up on my screen.

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