VA Gov. McAuliffe evades court order on felons voting

Not one to let an order from the state’s supreme court hinder his effort to deliver Virginia’s electoral votes to Hillary Clinton, Governor Terry McAuliffe will individually sign executive orders granting felons the vote that they lost by bveing convicted of grave crimes. Alice Ollstein of Think Progress exults: Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) is taking action to restore the voting rights of thousands of ex-offenders in the state after a court decision Friday put them in jeopardy. He’s getting around the Virginia Supreme Court’s ruling against him by signing 200,000 individual clemency grants to the state’s ex-offenders to ensure their right to vote in November. Excuse me: “Ex-offenders”? How can one be an ex-offender? Did the crime disappear from history? Were the people harmed restored to pre-crime states of health, wealth, and mental equanimity? I am sorry, the offenders are still offenders – people who put their own desires and...(Read Full Post)

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