From Breaking 911:
In a 4-to-3 decision, the court ruled that McAuliffe overstepped his clemency powers by issuing a sweeping order in April restoring rights to all ex-offenders who are no longer incarcerated or on probation or parole.
The court agreed with state Republicans who challenged McAuliffe’s order, arguing that the governor can only restore voting rights on a case-by-case basis and not en masse.
“Never before have any of the prior 71 Virginia Governors issued a clemency order of any kind – including pardons, reprieves, commutations, and restoration orders – to a class of unnamed felons without regard for the nature of the crimes or any other individual circumstances relevant to the request,” Chief Justice Donald Lemons wrote for the majority. “To be sure, no Governor of this Commonwealth, until now, has even suggested that such a power exists.”
But a defiant McAuliffe released a statement late Friday saying that he would pick up his executive pen and restore the rights of those felons on an individual basis, even if it means signing more than 200,000 orders.
“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,” he said. “The struggle for civil rights has always been a long and difficult one, but the fight goes on.”
The court directed the state elections commissioner, Edgardo Cortés, to cancel the registrations by Aug. 25 of about 13,000 felons who had joined the voter rolls after McAuliffe signed his order. Cortés was also ordered to add their names to the list of prohibited voters.
Looks like the decision to pick Virginia Senator Tim Kaine might be a huge loss. Hillary Clinton thought her friend Governor Terry McAuliffe was going to be able to get away with allowing felons to vote, but the VA Supreme Court just slapped him down royally.
If it wasn’t defeated, we would have seen every state controlled by democrats fall in line! Next fight is democrat states allowing non-citizens to vote! The corrupt Democrat Party will resort to anything to win an election because they simply can not win on merit!
Doesn’t it always seem to common sense thinkers, Democrats must rely on criminals and illegals to get elected, which is why voter ID is such a desperate act of theirs.
Finally, some justice from the state supreme court. All felons give up the right to vote and own weapons by the choice they made. This Governor thinks he can do whatever he wants. Nope!
It’s about time the courts started obeying the laws and constitution of this country. Now we must ensure the corrupt liberal US Supreme Court does the same.
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