In the state of Virginia, no one is more of a Clinton-insider than Governor Terry McAuliffe. To help his long-time friend Hillary Clinton, McAuliffe used an executive order to give more than 200,000 criminal felons the right to vote in November.
Republicans are furious and are taking him to court! This is a big deal…
Republican lawmakers in Virginia will file a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to allow more than 200,000 convicted felons to vote in November, GOP leaders said Monday.
Republicans said that they have hired an attorney and plan to contest the governor’s executive order, which restored the rights of felons to vote, run for office and sit on a jury.
GOP lawmakers argue the governor has overstepped his constitutional authority with a clear political ploy designed to help his friend and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton get votes in the important swing state of Virginia this fall.
“Gov. McAuliffe’s flagrant disregard for the Constitution of Virginia and the rule of must not go unchecked,” Senate Republican Leader Thomas Norment said in a statement. He said his predecessors and previous attorneys general examined this issue and concluded Virginia’s governor does not have the power to issue blanket restorations.
Iowa, Kentucky and Florida remove voting rights for felons for life unless a state official restores them.
McAuliffe has said that people who have served their time should be given a second chance to exercise their civic duties. He has also said he’s certain he has such authority after consulting with legal and constitutional experts, including Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, who is also a Democrat.
Felons generally aren’t “tough on crime” Republicans, so McAuliffe knew this would mean thousands of new votes for Hillary Clinton and Virginia Democrat politicians. This order is dangerous, and a reminder of how Democrats only win by pandering to demographics by promising handouts.
Virginia has been leaning Democrat anyway in recent years, and this one executive order could change the outcome in November. Hopefully, this lawsuit is enough to stop Virginia Democrats from stealing the election.
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