Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order Friday restoring the voting rights of 206,000 ex-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 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 has done it for an entire category of offenders with one pen stroke.
The order stops short of creating automatic restoration of rights for all ex-offenders, because McAuliffe will have to sign similar orders on a monthly basis moving forward. Still, the order is a historic shift away from Virginia’s policy of lifetime disenfranchisement for those convicted of serious crimes.Of course, McAwful used race as a way of selling his unconstitutional power grab, never mind that McAwful went from being the head of Bill Clinton's Hillbilly Mafia to running the DNC in 2001, while the former Mayor of Atlanta, Maynard Jackson, a black man, was told by the Clinton's to get in the back of the bus. McAwful came under fire for using the term "colored people" while vying for DNC chair as well.
This photo from Terry McAwful's inauguration tells the tale. He only serves the best interests of the Clinton Crime Family, NOT the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Being the partisan politicial hack McAwful is, the governor told the GOP in Virginia to "quit complaining"
"Well, I would tell the Republicans quit complaining and go out and earn these folks' right to vote for you. Go out and talk to them," the Democratic governor told George Stephanopoulos. "I find it very—and in fact, I think some of the language that has come out of the Republicans, I would tell them to be very careful at how they frame this, very careful of their rhetoric."But that is simply a way for McAwful to distract and deflect, like the corrupt sleazeball he is, from his violation of the separation of powers in the Virginia Constitution and thus the violation of his oath. It is one thing if a piece of legislation to restore voting rights for felons was approved by both houses and then signed by the Governor, but not a restoration done in an Obama-esque, un-Constitutional power grab, which has been looked at by previous administrations recently (National Review Online).
For example, on January 15, 2010, Mark Rubin, the counselor for former Virginia governor Tim Kaine (D., now a U.S. senator), sent a letter on the governor’s behalf to the ACLU, saying that Kaine did not have the executive power “to grant a blanket restoration of voting rights,” which the ACLU had requested. Kaine supported restoration of voting rights but refused to act because his counsel’s view was that the “better argument” was that the powers in the Virginia constitutional provision on clemency (Article 5, Section 12) “are meant to apply in particular cases to named individuals.” In fact, “a blanket order restoring the voting rights of everyone would be a rewrite of the law. . . . The notion that the Constitution of the Commonwealth could be rewritten via executive order is troubling.”
Similarly, then–attorney general Ken Cuccinelli (R.) appointed the Rights Restoration Advisory Committee to examine this issue. The committee included not only several Commonwealth Attorneys (i.e., the district attorneys of Virginia counties) and a professor from George Mason University but also Ashley Taylor Jr., a former commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and Paul Goldman, the former senior adviser to Doug Wilder (D.), the first African-American governor of Virginia.
On May 10, 2013, the committee issued a report concluding that the governor does not have constitutional authority to “institute by executive order” a complete “restoration of rights for all convicted felons in the Commonwealth of Virginia.” Why? Because his clemency power in Article 5 must be harmonized with Article 2, Section 1, which provides that “no person who has been convicted of a felony shall be qualified to vote unless his civil rights have been restored.” If, instead of acting individually to consider each “person” and “his civil rights,” the governor issues a blanket restoration, such “altering [of] the public policy of the Commonwealth as regards the disenfranchisement of persons convicted of felonies clearly would be a legislative act, not an administrative act.” It would be “difficult” for a court to “sustain a Governor’s exercise of [his] clemency power in so sweeping a manner that the Constitution’s general policy of disenfranchisement of felons is voided.”It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out this violation of Virginia's constitution was done for one purpose only, and it is the sole purpose McAwful ran for Governor, to turn Virginia from purple to blue and help the Clinton Crime Family retake the White House by putting Virginia in their column, using felons, including those convicted of "murder, armed robbery, rape, sexual assault and other violent crimes."
If there is still such a thing as rule of law, the Virginia legislature should stop this by any means and if they are thwarted, then they should bring impeachment proceedings against this partisan hack who is putting his own party and the Clinton Culture of Corruption ahead of the best interests of the Commonwealth of Virginia.