Voter Suppression

Virginia Supreme Court Sides With Governor on Felon Voting Rights

Written by SK Ashby

The Virginia state Supreme Court has told Republicans they cannot hold Governor Terry McAuliffe in contempt for violating a court ruling because he isn't violating a court ruling.

State Republicans successfully challenged McAuliffe's actions in court after he signed an executive order restoring the voting rights of former felons, but that ruling against the governor did not stop him from restoring their right to vote on an individual basis one-by-one.

The GOP lawmakers wanted to force McAuliffe to return to court to show that he is complying with its order that struck down the Governor’s attempt to restore voting rights to more than 200-thousand felons all at once.

Following that order McAuliffe began restoring voting rights on an individual basis but Republicans argued that he was doing so many in such a short time he was defying the court’s ruling.

The state Supreme Court evidently does not see it the way GOP lawmakers do.

The Republican party has fought tooth and nail to prevent former felons from voting, filing multiple challenges and taking their case all the way to the state Supreme Court. Those whose rights have been restored by the governor are overwhelmingly African American men convicted for non-violent crimes and petty drug offenses.

I'm sure I don't have to spell it out for you why Republicans want to prevent them from voting. Republicans would rather stop someone from voting in the first place than give them a good reason to vote for a Republican. It's anti-Democratic.