Democratic Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe will allow more than 200,000 ex-cons residing in the state to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election. This is arguably the broadest and most aggressive action ever taken by a state to immediately restore voting rights to those previously held as felons, though the announcement was greeted with a collective yawn. This executive decision will have the biggest impact on African-American residents, one-in-four of whom were previously barred from voting due to prior felony convictions. This is tantamount to a Republican governor decreeing that the votes of NASCAR-loving bass-fishermen, National Review subscribers and NRA members will be counted twice. Oh, except for none of these groups consists primarily of felons, and the media would demand said governor be impeached, neutered and sent to a re-education camp.
It is not a coincidence that McAuliffe is a Democrat. This audacious act could likely be the difference between Democrats winning and losing in the Old Dominion. Criminals will vote in droves for one of their own. Talk about stealing elections!
Virginia’s state motto? Sic semper tyrannis, which means “Thus always to tyrants.”
It might just as well be Gratias tibi, Hillary! (“You’re welcome, Hillary!”).