Virginia governor to let convicted felons vote

by Jessie Hellmann
April 22, 2016

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will issue an executive order Friday to extend voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons, The New York Times reports.

The order allows felons who have served their prison time and finished parole to register to vote, reversing a Civil War-era provision in Virginia’s Constitution.

McAuliffe said prohibiting felons from voting in the state mostly disenfranchises African-Americans.

“There’s no question that we’ve had a horrible history in voting rights as relates to African-Americans — we should remedy it,” McAuliffe said Thursday, according to the Times.

28 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Edgardo L. Perez-De Leon says:

    There is no constitutional right to have a job but there is a constitutional right to vote.

  • Robert Early says:

    Thank you, Governor McAuliffe. You are leading us to a revolution that you will not likely survive. The sooner we get there the better.

  • E Swisher says:

    Let’s drop the race card bullshit… The issue at hand is about any felon…not just blacks… getting their right to vote back… after having served their time/ paid their “debt” to society. The law “disenfranchises” the convicted felons… all of them. Sounds like McAuliffe needs to be voted out of office by all the other (non-black) felons with their right to vote restored. McAuliffe is pandering to the black vote… and essentially states/ implies that if the issue had involved a white majority of offenders, McAuliffe would not have restored their rights. I do, however agree that the voting rights should be restored.

    1. Eleanor Cummings says:

      A friend of mine had to EARN his rights back by proving he was reformed and working (posted earlier). These people are privileged characters.

  • Upaces says:

    Clinton is doing the very same thing.

    1. E Swisher says:

      They are all peas in the same pod….

  • Danny Reagan says:

    Losing the right to vote, is part of their sentence.

    1. Joe stelly says:

      I agree whole heartly

  • tryscavage says:

    These were normal, gentle, kind people who were misdirected and misled by those sick, mean, bad bad people who refused to commit simple felonies. They should be rewarded, honored.

    1. Joe stelly says:


      1. tryscavage says:

        Kidding. Democrats are the same as actors/actresses. If you ask them who they are the answer will be their last role. I once thought that they do not know who they are but found out that they do not CARE who they are. This is the same as Democrats. I was once in the Party but left as they said (behind closed doors) what route they would be taking. Not human.

  • Edgardo L. Perez-De Leon says:

    Convicts that have to pay taxes (whether paying them or not) must be allowed to vote.

    1. E Swisher says:

      No, they don’t and aren’t. This is a “state” issue and each state is different to some degree or another. As for working, there is a little box on almost every job application that asks if the job applicant is a (convicted felon)…. this is almost an automatic rejection of the applicant for a job. If someone is lucky enough to actually get an interview, he/she (as in “his” or “her”) chances are greatly diminished in getting a job. I’ll leave it at that and not go on a tangent over the issue.

  • KayO says:

    Do the white felons get to vote, too?

    1. Eleanor Cummings says:

      No, my friend got his rights back after almost twenty years 2 postings earlier). He’d been in prison 1 year and 1 month..

  • Edwin Kaplan says:

    “because it affects Blacks more than others, is not the proper reason to change the law. It Must be for ALL or none.
    The choice to crime was chosen, not dictated.

    1. Joe stelly says:

      I agree

    2. Dennis B Anderson says:

      It was and it still is. If youre a felon you gave up the right to be a part of the voting proscess. No one should be able to vote in a country they are not a citizen of. You left wing whack jobs might want to go to mexico and try that. Youre dumber than mud.

      1. Eleanor Cummings says:

        I knew a guy that had to petition the court (1981) to get his rights as a voter back because he spent more than 1 year in prison for a crime committed as a teen. He had to prove he was NOT a REPEAT OFFENDER to the court. (and no, he wasn’t black, and he was in his 30’s when his rights were restored) He got his rights back because he’d kept his nose clean. He’d gotten a job as soon as he got out of prison, and last I’d heard 4 years ago, was still at it. These people don’t have to prove nothing!!

  • The Redhawk says:

    Waht else wuill this cLINTON SUCK UP do to allow the Cankles to carry VA???/ Import Guatemala Trains full of Illegals just to VOTE for HER???
    After all FELONS did VOTE for FRANKEN the MORON so WHY not let them vote for CANKLES THE INCOMPETENT LIAR???

    1. Joe stelly says:


      1. The Redhawk says:

        AKA sHI T lERY

      2. E Swisher says:

        Look at HilLiary’s ankles… the term “Cankles” has been popularized by Colbert… the talk show host. Speaking of HilLiary`, her pantsuits look awful familiar to the same style as N. Korea’s fearless/clueless leader… do they have the same tailor? High fashion her clothes are not….LOL Would look better in a MuMu…LOL, but then she would have to shave her legs….maybe she can get one of her long-time trusted (and soon to be busted) aides to help her out…they both might enjoy the experience….LOL

  • Garry A DeManty says:

    Lets stop playing the dam race and gender card it stinks to high heaven ,Yes if people haved paid their dues to society then they should be given their rights back this applies to all groups.The Democrats all they give a dam about is how many of one special group or another can they get on their side while sticking to everyone else who is not in that catagory.Voters I believe our sick of this bull and come election day alot of people who think they dont stink will find out they do

    1. Gale says:

      liberals are the scum of the earth

      1. Garry A DeManty says:

        I will drink to that the ones who want to lead us now and the ones who are leading us now

  • Myrtle Linder says:

    Will they have to vote to please the governor?? There are certain right by obeying the laws of GOD and the laws of man. These were evidently not obeying, either!!

    1. The Redhawk says:

      McAULIFFE is a BIG cash contributor to the Clinton FAMILY and to Cankles Campaign….He MUST get his ROI..may be ambassador to KENYA>>.RESET BUTTONS WITH RUSSIA??? a night in the LINCOLN BEDROOM with CANKLES???? or a REAL Younger :HO?

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