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State Court Blocked VA Gov From Giving Voting Rights to 200K Felons. Now He’s Going ‘Case-By-Case’ – Independent Journal Review



As the old saying goes, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Such is the case with Virginia Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe with his effort to grant voting rights to more than 200,000 felons.

As reported by Reuters, McAuliffe restored the right to nearly 13,000 felons who had completed their sentences — on a “case-by-case basis” — after the state Supreme Court blocked his larger effort.

During a ceremony at the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial in Richmond, McAuliffe explained the reason for his actions:

“I am not content to condemn them for eternity as inferior and second-class citizens.”

One wonders if McAuliffe would feel the same if polls suggested that a majority of felons would vote Republican if given the opportunity.

Analysts view Virginia as one of the swing states in November. A recent Quinnipiac poll shows Clinton leading in the state, 50-38.

Image Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty

Image Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty

Perhaps McAuliffe views the “felon vote” as a bit of insurance.

According to the Brennan Center For Justice, Virginia is one of four states whose constitution permanently denies felons the right to vote, but grants the state’s governor the authority to restore the right via executive action.

The moral of the story: How do you eat an [Republican] elephant? One bite at a time, of course — regardless of how many times you must try.


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