Thanks to Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.) 200,000 convicted felons in the state of Virginia may now register to vote.
Writes The Washington Post, “The change applies to all felons who have completed their sentences and been released from supervised probation or parole. The Democratic governor’s decision particularly affects black residents of Virginia: 1 in 4 African Americans in the state has been permanently banned from voting because of laws restricting the rights of those with convictions.”
McAuliffe’s executive order also allows felons, including rapists and murderers, to run for public office, serve on a jury and become a notary public. I can just visualize the campaign slogan now: “Vote for me. I’ve already done time.”
Republicans are outraged, of course. Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell said: “The singular purpose of Terry McAuliffe’s governorship is to elect Hillary Clinton president of the United States. This office has always been a stepping stone to a job in Hillary Clinton’s cabinet.” It’s an accusation McAuliffe vehemently denies.
Hillary Clinton tweeted, “Proud of my friend (at)GovernorVA for continuing to break down barriers to voting. — H.”