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Timing is everything: Virginia’s Dem Gov. restores voting rights for 206,000 convicted felons

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By Doug Powers  •  April 22, 2016 03:14 PM

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File this under “in-kind donation to the Hillary for President campaign”:

Gov. Terry McAuliffe today signed an order restoring the voting rights of 206,000 ex-felons, a sweeping action the governor said was aimed at rectifying Virginia’s “long and sad history” of suppressing African-American voting power.

Coming in a presidential election year, a swift backlash ensued as Republicans accused McAuliffe of abusing his executive power to help longtime ally Hillary Clinton win a battleground state by putting more likely Democratic voters on the books.

Super-coincidental timing with Virginia serving as pivotal state in a national election in a few months:

The sweeping order, in a swing state that could play a role in deciding the November presidential election, will enable all felons who have served their prison time and finished parole or probation to register to vote. Most are African-Americans, a core constituency of Democrats, Mr. McAuliffe’s political party.

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**Written by Doug Powers

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