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Results Are Sent To Congress - Let Congress Hear Your Voice
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) grants clemency to 200,000 felons so they will be able to vote in Novembers Presidential election. The Virginia Supreme Court’s ruled against McAuliffe to allow felons to vote so he is signing 200,000 individual clemency grants to the state’s ex-offenders to ensure their right to vote.
In a 4 to 3 decision late Friday, the Supreme Court of Virginia stripped away the voting rights from 200,000 ex-offenders who had recently regained full civil rights through one of McAuliffe’s executive orders. The court said the governor lacks the authority under the state constitution to issue a blanket rights restoration to everyone in the state with a felony record .
But just hours after the decision, McAuliffe vowed to push back by signing clemency grants for the state’s ex-offenders one by one. McAuliffe as a true liberal is defying the courts by saying,
“The struggle for civil rights has always been a long and difficult one, but the fight goes on,” he wrote. “I remain committed to moving past our Commonwealth’s history of injustice to embrace an honest process for restoring the rights of our citizens, and I believe history and the vast majority of Virginians are on our side.”
With the November election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump just few months away, Republicans have accused McAuliffe of pushing the voting rights restoration to help Clinton carry the swing state in the fall.
Virginia, a long-time conservative stronghold, was key to President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 victories, and is considered a toss-up for 2016. Theoretically, if all 206,000 ex-offenders register to vote before the October deadline, they could decide who sits in the White House next year. The governor’s office says just 13,000 have registered so far, and the new need for individual clemency orders will likely slow down the registration process.
This governor needs to be arrested immediately along with anyone who sanctioned his actions.