Hillary Clinton is in for a tough election, and she needs all the help she can get. Luckily her longtime pal, Terry McAuliffe is here to provide it. His plan? To restore voting rights to 206,000 ex-felons:
Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order Friday restoring the voting rights of 206,000 ex-felons, a sweeping action the governor said was aimed largely at rectifying Virginia’s “long and sad history” of suppressing African-American voting power.
The move, coming in a presidential election year, outraged Republicans who accused McAuliffe of abusing his power to help longtime ally Hillary Clinton win a battleground state by putting more likely Democratic voters on the books.
The governor’s order applies to all violent and nonviolent felons who had finished their sentence and supervised release as of Friday, even those who have not applied for a restoration of rights. Previous Virginia governors have restored rights on an individual basis, but none has done it for an entire category of offenders with one pen stroke.
This is an absolutely outrageous move. Virginia voters should let Democrats know they won’t stand for this. In the meantime, perhaps Republicans can file some sort of injunction in hopes of preventing McAullife hand the state of Virginia to Hillary.