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    Virginia Governor Creates 200,000 New Hillary Voters

    Virginia Governor Creates 200,000 New Hillary Voters

    Uses executive order to allow felons to vote.

    Virginia’s Democrat governor Terry McAuliffe just gave his party and Hillary Clinton a huge gift for the 2016 election by granting felons the right to vote.

    He did it by executive order to circumvent the state’s Republican led legislature and claimed it was all about righting wrongs of the past.

    The New York Times reported:

    Virginia Governor Restores Voting Rights to Felons

    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 effectively 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.

    Amid intensifying national attention over harsh sentencing policies that have disproportionately affected African-Americans, governors and legislatures around the nation have been debating — and often fighting over — moves to restore voting rights for convicted felons. Virginia imposes especially harsh restrictions, barring felons from voting for life.

    In Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin, a newly elected Republican, recently overturned an order enacted by his Democratic predecessor that was similar to the one Mr. McAuliffe signed Friday. In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, vetoed a measure to restore voting rights to convicted felons, but Democrats in the state legislature overrode him in February and an estimated 44,000 former prisoners who are on probation can now register to vote.

    McAuliffe defended his decision on PBS NewsHour:

    Can you guess who thought this was a great idea?

    Featured image via YouTube.

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    Bruce Hayden | April 23, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    My memory is that their ties go way back – that McAuliffe was one of Bill Clinton’s bigger fund raise, and that it was through the Clintons that he got his DNC position, which led to being the gov. of VA.


     
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    Another Ed | April 23, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    So, by executive fiat, the right to vote and serve on a jury are restored to felons, but not the right to keep and bear arms? That is odd, as in the Constitution you do not see that rights of felons who have served their sentences are ever revoked. If you cannot trust someone with anything sharp, a motor vehicle, sporting goods such as a baseball bat, construction tools such as hammer, or anything else that can be used as a weapon, even a shod foot or a fist, then they have no reason to be walking freely among us.

    Do they not have the right to self-defense? If so, do not they the right to effective self-defense?


       
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      DaveGinOly in reply to Another Ed. | April 24, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      McAuliffe’s failure to restore their gun rights proves the point I made in my comment above – that some forms of punishment, besides loss of freedom, can be imposed for life (and after a felon “has paid his debt to society” and all that other crap). Rightly or wrongly, McAuliffe believes that the right to arms shouldn’t be restored with their voting rights, putting the lie to his claims about why he’s restoring the particular rights he chose to restore. He obviously believes it’s more important for them to vote (Democrat) than it is to be able to defend themselves against lethal threats.


       
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      Milhouse in reply to Another Ed. | April 26, 2016 at 10:46 am

      Yes, commutations and rehabilitations can be in whole or in part. That’s how it’s always been.


     
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    buckeyeminuteman | April 25, 2016 at 10:06 am

    I hope they start a Super PAC; “Convicted Felons for Hillary”


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