Apr 23, 2016

Virginia Democrat Gov. Puts 206,000 Convicted Felons Back On Voting Register

Common Sense Commentary: The Democrat Governor's action this week nullifies the common state law that disqualifies convicted felons from voting. This action returns Virginia felon's, rapists and murderers included, to now be qualified to vote in Virginia.  I have four comments. (1) He has resorted to Obama's tactics of by-passing the Virginia Congress and Citizens of Virginia by Executive Order. Why? (2) Disqualifying felons from voting dates back to when most felons were white, not black, and had nothing to do with voters who happened to be black. (3) Therefore the Democrat Governor lies when he claims his decision was made because that law's purpose was to "Suppress African American voting power". (4) By that reasoning the Governor is plainly, but unintentionally, admitting two otherwise unmentionable facts which Democrats, News Media and even Republicans avoid like the plague, though true. What are those two documented facts? Dare I say it? .... The large majority of convicted felons are either black or vote Democrat, or both. (Google the subject and see). Would the good Governor have given back voting rights, at this late hour, when the Presidency is in the balance, to a bunch of conservative Republican voters? If you can't answer that honestly, please take me off of your "friends" list and let me know so I can do the same. RB

This from the Richmond, Virginia Times

McAuliffe restores voting rights for 206K ex-felons; GOP calls it move to boost Clinton


Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order Friday restoring the voting rights of 206,000 felons, a sweeping action the governor said was aimed largely at rectifying Virginia's "long and sad history" of suppressing African-American voting power.

The move, coming in a presidential election year, outraged Republicans who accused McAuliffe of abusing his power to help longtime ally Hillary Clinton win a battleground state by putting more likely Democratic voters on the books.

The governor's order applies to all violent and nonviolent felons who had finished their sentence and supervised release as of Friday even those who have not applied for a restoration of rights. Previous Virginia governors have restored rights on an individual basis, but none have done it for an entire category of offenders with one pen stroke.

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