Va. Supreme Court overturns Terry McAuliffe’s action on felon voting rights

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Finally the corrupt courts get one right.

In a move with huge implications for the presidential election, the Virginia Supreme Court late Friday ruled againstGov. Terry McAuliffe’s effort to restore the voting rights of more than 200,000 convicted felons.

In a 4-3 decision, the Court said it “respectfully disagrees” with Mr. McAuliffe’s position that he has the executive power to make such a sweeping move. The governor is a longtime ally of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who views Virginia as crucial to her election.

The court ordered the cancellation of registration of all voters convicted of a felony who registered under the governor’s executive orders by Aug. 25.

Chief Justice Donald Lemons issued the majority opinion, which said that Mr. McAuliffe’s executive orders had revised a section of the state constitution.

The ruling said Mr. McAuliffe lacked the power to issue a clemency order “to a class of unnamed felons without regard for the nature of the crimes or any other individual circumstances relevant to the request.”
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/22/virginia-supreme-court-overturns-terry-mcauliffes-/
 

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...and there's the drawing board!
(Office of Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe) Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today following the Virginia Supreme Court decision in Howell v. McAuliffe:

“Once again, the Virginia Supreme Court has placed Virginia as an outlier in the struggle for civil and human rights. It is a disgrace that the Republican leadership of Virginia would file a lawsuit to deny more than 200,000 of their own citizens the right to vote. And I cannot accept that this overtly political action could succeed in suppressing the voices of many thousands of men and women who had rejoiced with their families earlier this year when their rights were restored.

“Forty states give citizens who have made mistakes and paid their debt to society a straightforward process for restoring voting rights. 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.

“Despite the Court’s ruling, we have the support of the state’s four leading constitutional experts, including A.E. Dick Howard, who drafted the current Virginia Constitution. They are convinced that our action is within the constitutional authority granted to the Office of the Governor.

“The men and women whose voting rights were restored by my executive action should not be alarmed. I will expeditiously sign nearly 13,000 individual orders to restore the fundamental rights of the citizens who have had their rights restored and registered to vote. And I will continue to sign orders until I have completed restoration for all 200,000 Virginians. My faith remains strong in all of our citizens to choose their leaders, and I am prepared to back up that faith with my executive pen. The struggle for civil rights has always been a long and difficult one, but the fight goes on.”
 
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