Virginia State Supreme Court Says Gov. McAuliffe Can’t Give Felons Voting Rights


I know, what’s with all this court crap, Steve? I hear you. It’ll get “worse” before it gets better. June is a busy month for those stories, and this one comes to us from Virginia, where the governors are as likely to be headed to court as anyone, and felons got the vote until they didn’t.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s action restoring the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons was unconstitutional, Virginia’s highest court ruled Friday, siding with Republican lawmakers who said the governor overstepped his authority.

In a 4-3 decision, the Supreme Court of Virginia ordered the state to cancel the registration of the more than 11,000 felons who had signed up to vote so far under the governor’s April executive order. Top Republicans called it “a major victory for the Constitution, the rule of law and the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

Democrats can rest assured that they won’t have to court the felon vote in Virginia anymore, at least until they are in prison with them.

And no, the Felon vote was not enough to tip the governors race in 2017, but I do have questions. Did the felons in Virginia vote “from where they are domiciled” or the last known residence when incarcerated? And if they have no known address did they vote absentee from State Sen. Martha Fuller Clark’s house motel in the Historic Vote-fraud district in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Nashua Rep Cindy Rosenwald’s home in Nashua, or perhaps Sr. Asst. NH AG Mike Brown’s house in Salem New Hampshire?