Without public or legislative input Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Friday afternoon, after reporters left for the weekend, that he could through executive order grant two hundred thousand felons have all their rights restored including the right to vote. In the past ex cons could petition the state to have their rights restored including the right to vote on a case by case basis. And after an investigation the state would grant restoration.
Now McAuliffe has decreed that the ex con can have all their rights restored without having the inconvenience of having to apply. No background check or verification is required.
This is pure pandering. To appeal to the ex-con vote is a level of pandering that I never thought I would see in my lifetime. But as chief fundraiser for the Clintons in the 1990's McAuliffe came up with the idea of renting out the Lincoln bedroom to the highest donor so I guess pandering to ex cons is not a surprise.
Hillary will need every vote she can get, and with a looming criminal investigation ex cons may be sympathetic towards her candidacy.
McAuliffe knows there is nothing Republicans can do. Even if a court steps in it will be too late. By the time it works its way through the court the election will be over.