Given Hillary Clinton’s current questionable legal issues, it’s difficult to write this without irony. But felons WILL be able to vote in Virginia after all.
The Washington Post reports, Gov. Terry McAuliffe will announce Monday that he has restored voting rights to 13,000 felons on a case-by-case basis after Republicans and state Supreme Court justices last month stopped his more sweeping clemency effort.
McAuliffe’s planned action, confirmed by two people with knowledge of it, comes about a month after the Supreme Court of Virginia invalidated an executive order the Democratic governor issued in April. With that order, McAuliffe restored voting rights to more than 200,000 felons who had completed their sentences.
Republicans, incensed that it covered violent and nonviolent offenders alike, said the move was really a bid to add Democrat-friendly voters to the rolls ahead of November’s presidential elections, when the governor’s close friend and political ally, Hillary Clinton, will be on the ballot.
Republicans also found the McAuliffe administration had mistakenly restored rights to 132 sex offenders still in custody and to several convicted murderers on probation in other states.
Contending that the governor had overstepped his authority by restoring rights en masse rather than case by case, GOP legislative leaders took him to court and won. Since 13,000 of the 200,000 felons had already registered to vote, the court ordered the state to once again put their names on its list of banned voters.
McAuliffe had previously announced he would use an “autopen” to individually restore voting rights. It sounds like he has that pen all revved up. He will also announce on Monday what his plans are for the full 200,000.
And on the subject of irony, the Washington Post says, McAuliffe’s planned move on Monday will be welcomed by such felons as Herb Williams of Prince William County, who signed up to vote after McAuliffe’s original order — only to be later removed from the rolls.
“I just feel like part of me was stolen,” said Williams, a man who was convicted of robbery.
Hey, in our new U.S. of A. fundamentally transformed by B. Hussein Obama, you can get away with just about ANYthing…as long as you’re a liberal.
How much you wanna bet other blue states will be following suit?
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]