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Virginia Gov. restores voting rights of felons

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>> I personally believe in the power of second chances and in the dignity and worth of every single human being.>> 13,000 felons in Virginia getting back their right to vote. Democratic Governor Terry McCullough announcing Monday that he signed off on restoring voting rights on a case by case basis, a month after the state supreme court blocked a broader directive, that would've given more than 200,000 former convicts the ability to vote.
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The Virginia Constitution is clear. I have the authority to restore civil rights without limitation. But the court dismissed the clear text of the Constitution by simply saying that the rights have never before been restored in this manner here in Virginia. But if Virginia did things the way they had always been done, this is not a place any of us would want to call home.
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>> Virginia is one of four states whose Constitution permanently bars felons from voting, but allows the Governor to restore those rights. McAuliffe says he wanted to move the state away from life long disenfranchisement. A result that affects Black and Hispanic people particularly hard. The order could also tip Virginia, a swing stage in this year's Presidential election, in favor of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, as minorities have overwhelmingly voted for her party in the past.