McAuliffe To Circumvent VA Supreme Court Ruling On Felon Voter Rights, Will Issue 200,000 Clemency Grants
Richmond Times – Dispatch
“Virginia Supreme Court Strikes Down Voting Rights For Felons”
July 23, 2016
The highest court in Virginia’s ruled that Governor Terry McAuliffe’s action of restoring the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons was unconstitutional. The supreme court of Virginia’s 4-3 decision ordered the state to cancel the registration of the more than 11,000 felons. They had signed up to vote under the governor’s April executive order. Top Republicans called the ruling “a major victory for the constitution, the rule of law and the commonwealth of Virginia”.
July 24, 2016
Now, McAuliffe has decided to work around the court’s ruling by granting clemency to the 200,000 felons who were targeted in his original executive order (via Think Progress):
“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.”
“The struggle for civil rights has always been a long and difficult one, but the fight goes on,” he wrote. “I remain committed to moving past our Commonwealth’s history of injustice to embrace an honest process for restoring the rights of our citizens, and I believe history and the vast majority of Virginians are on our side.” per Governor McAuliffe.
According to National Conference of State Legislatures April 25, 2016:
–In Maine and Vermont felons never lose their rights to vote.
–In 14 states felons lose their right to vote only while incarcerated but automatically received it after released.
–In 29 states felons lost until the Completion Of Sentence (Parole and/or Probation) then it is Automatic Restoration
–In 9 of the states Restoration by Governor’s Action or Court Action can occur, including Virginia and some above
*It is important to note this is a STATE’s right as guaranteed in the constitution and cannot under normal circumstances be circumvented by the federal government.
McAuliffe was seemingly silent on rights of prisoners during his 2013 campaign platform for governor of Virginia. In fact he whatever his platform, he almost lost the race even though he far outspent his competitor.
We all know that he has been on the Clinton Foundation Board and is very close buddies with the Clintons and Obama. Now Federal authorities have been looking into whether donations to Terry McAuliffe’s 2013 Virginia gubernatorial campaign may have violated federal law, a source with knowledge of the probe told ABC News. He may easily be cleared but the information along with his foundation ties may well mean McAuliffe may be rather busy over the next few months defending himself.
McAuliffe has been governor since 2014 and had time to push this before this presidential election year. So why wasn’t this part of his actions from the beginning. Does he honestly care about prison reform or is it a ploy?
It appears very convenient (cough) that he chose the last six months to push this issue of voting for inmates. Could it have been that political pressure and angst against Hillary Clinton even from those in her own party may be the source of his actions–not any belief in helping men and women who have done the time for a crime?
I am not saying it is not something that should be considered. I am saying it should be done in the state legislature under normal procedures. Most poor prisoners languish in lock up at times far exceeding the crime, while people like McAuliffe, Hillary, and others skate free thanks to their high level connections. It is, however, up to the state legislatures to consider all the issues and put forth prison reform that speaks to the rights of those being incarcerated and for best interests of the state, not some rogue wanna be Obama puppet.
This is not something that a governor should unilaterally decide to do especially during an election year when it can and is perceived as a political favor for Hillary Clinton.
The total being mentioned of prisoners he plans to pardon one at a time by executive order is 200,000. I hope his fingers cramp so badly not many executive pardons or whatever can be finished.
We also know the Democrats upper echelon will run every voting scam possible to cheat to get Hillary Clinton into that chair. Otherwise, their “socialized fundamental change” cannot not be completed for the United States.
McAuliffe–Just one more lackey taking care to follow in the footsteps of his puppet masters.