Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe restores voting rights to 200,000 felons | The Tylt
Democratic governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe just signed an executive order returning the right to vote to felons who've served their time and completed their parole. Until today, Virginia was one of only four states that had a lifetime ban on voting for felons.
Did McAuliffe do the right thing? Or should convicted felons permanently lose their right to vote?
Supporters called McAuliffe's action "the single most significant action on disenfranchisement that we’ve ever seen from a governor." Virginia Republicans criticized the executive order, calling it "political opportunism," and blasted McAuliffe for giving "murders and rapists the right to vote in Virginia."
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe restores voting rights to 200,000 felons
Conservatives blasted McAuliffe's order, calling it a political maneuver to gain votes for Democrats.
Others argued that once felons have paid their debts, they deserve their rights restored.
For many, restoring felons' voting rights is closely tied to minority disenfranchisement and prison reform.