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Restored Voting Rights for Felons Could Tip VA Gov Race

Restored Voting Rights for Felons Could Tip VA Gov Race

“About 42,000 of them have registered to vote.”

Democrats are very desperate to win the governor race in Virginia. They control the governorship of so few states at this point that another loss would be devastating. We recently pointed out how low they are going in order to win: Desperate Democrats Go Full Race Card in New Ad for VA Gov Race

As you may recall, Democrats in Virginia took another step to shore up the vote last year. Professor Jacobson wrote: Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plan to restore the felon vote for Hillary in Virginia

Now it could all pay off.

Samantha Michaels writes at Mother Jones:

Ex-Felons Voting for the First Time Could Shake Virginia’s Governor’s Race

In Virginia’s closely watched gubernatorial election, Republican Ed Gillespie has spent weeks airing ads lashing out at illegal immigrants, sex offenders, and people with felonies, boasting that he’s got the law-and-order creds to keep wrongdoers in line.

But Virginians with criminal records might get the last word, because for the first time in a long time, a huge group of ex-felons will help pick the state’s next governor.

Virginia is one of four states that permanently disenfranchise people with felonies, even after they’ve served their sentences. While the state’s governor is allowed to restore individuals’ right to vote, last year Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe shocked conservatives by signing an order restoring rights to more than 200,000 people who had completed their sentences and parole.

Republican lawmakers successfully sued to block the move, arguing that he lacked authority to restore rights en masse. So McAuliffe’s administration started handing out the orders one by one; more than 168,000 ex-offenders have since had their voting rights returned. About 42,000 of them have registered to vote.

In the last governor race in Virginia, McAuliffe won by a little more than 50,000 votes. This block of felon voters could actually be decisive.

Ed Gillespie has released this ad in response:

DNC Chair Tom Perez is laying the groundwork for talking points if Northam loses.

Laura Barrón-López reports at the Washington Examiner:

DNC chief Tom Perez downplays impact on Democrats if they lose Virginia governor’s race

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez is confident the party will hold on to the Virginia governorship, but with the race closer than national Democrats would like, he tried to downplay any fallout if Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam loses.

“Virginia has a history of close races,” Perez said. “It’s a state where you’re always going to have close statewide elections, and this is no different.”

Perez pointed to other races within the Virginia House of delegates as an example of the “new DNC” which is focused on tickets up and down the ballot.

It’s still a very close race which suggests it could all come down to turnout.

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Strange how the Dems always howl about the Republicans being criminals, but how the real criminal population seems to vote Dem.

I must agree with DNC wack-a-doodle Perez. Virginia has become so purple it is nearly impossible to see through the fog in order to accurately gauge the electorate, principley because the blue stench becomes overwhelming the closer one travels to DC.

You are assuming ALL of these 42,000 ex-crims will vote the “right” way???

    Milhouse in reply to mailman. | November 3, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    It’s a fair bet that they’ll vote, otherwise they wouldn’t have bothered to register. And it’s pretty obvious how the overwhelming majority of them will vote.

    Note that federal mass pardons are perfectly valid; the VA court specifically acknowledged that, but found that the state constitution is more restrictive, and requires pardons and restoration of rights to be handed out one at a time.

4th armored div | November 3, 2017 at 11:29 am

i am a conservative and do not believe that felons who have completed completely their terms lose their constitutional privilege to vote.

what we DO need to do is have a law that people MUST provide ID when attempting to vote.
the greater danger is motor voter, where all people applying for a driver license are almost automatically enrolled to permit voting.

If our GOP Congressmen weren’t a bunch of liars and frauds, they would pass a law restoring gun rights to anyone that has their voting rights restored. End of problem.

    Milhouse in reply to mrboxty. | November 3, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    The commutations the VA governor is handing out restore all rights, including guns. Hence Gillespie complaining of it in the ad embedded in this post.

      ufo destroyers in reply to Milhouse. | November 3, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      So, you’re saying the governor of VA, or any other state, can override the federal gun laws prohibiting persons convicted of felonies from owning or possessing firearms?

        henrybowman in reply to ufo destroyers. | November 3, 2017 at 11:13 pm

        I think you misunderstand federal law. Federal law says that if a state restores all an ex-felon’s civil rights, his federal firearms disability evaporates. The catch is that ALL the ex-felon’s civil rights must be restored. For example, in Massachusetts, after five years have passed, an ex-felon can obtain an FID card, which is good for ownership of ammunition, defense sprays, and long guns; but he cannot obtain an LTC card, which is good for ownership of handguns. Therefore, he cannot own a shotgun or rifle on his FID card because he is still federally disabled.

        18 U.S.C. Chapter 44, section 921(a)(20)

‘We can’t have the inmates running the prison.’

Jerry Jones was right.

buckeyeminuteman | November 3, 2017 at 12:53 pm

Illegals, felons, low information and the dead. The Dems love keeping people fat, dumb and happy.

Crime committed. Criminal is convicted. Criminal receives punishment. Rights are suspended during period of punishment. Punishment is completed. If punishment according to the law is completed, then rights should be restored. Otherwise the punishment is indeterminate and unending and therefore unlawful.

    Milhouse in reply to MrSatyre. | November 3, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Not true. It’s up to the state. There is no constitutional right to vote; the franchise is a privilege and states are entitled to deny it to ex-felons if they like. VA likes.

    forksdad in reply to MrSatyre. | November 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    It’s up to the state and the felon. If he doesn’t care enough to petition the state why should the state restore the rights?

    The rights could be gone forever or not. But deprivation of liberty is not the only penalty or consequence of being convicted of a felony.

Unless a permanent deprivation of a civil right is an explicit part of a sentence, it shouldn’t be imposed.

Thane_Eichenauer | November 4, 2017 at 12:27 pm

Are Libertarian candidates simply not worth mentioning?

    He’s worth mentioning, but he’s polling at around 4%. I guess we could add that, but it seems more relevant to focus on the two candidates polling at over 4%. Even if every single felon in VA voted for him, he cannot win, so why include him in a post about the VA race being tipped by felons?

    VaGentleman in reply to Thane_Eichenauer. | November 4, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    In the last election, the libertarian candidate for gov polled about 6.5%. Without the libertarian, if 70% of those had gone to the rep candidate, the reps would have won. That’s a big %, but who knows? One can make a case that libertarians would feel more at home with the reps than the dems, so it’s a maybe. In some circles in VA, the libertarians have a reputation as spoilers who have no chance of winning, but who keep the dems in power in close contests.

    No. Neither was Pat Paulsen or the naked guy. All are jokes. Some are funny some are not but they’re all jokes.

For those who don’t know, Douglas Wilder is the first black elected governor in VA and has the respect of both sides of the aisle. He is a senior statesman in VA, and carries a lot of weight among black voters. Recently he failed to endorse the dem candidate for governor, Northam. Northam’s campaign omitted the black candidate for lt gov from flyers it circulated in NOVA.

Wilder expressed some concerns earlier in the forum about Fairfax, who is also African American, being left off of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam’s campaign fliers last month in northern Virginia. He omitted Fairfax from the fliers at the request of the Laborers’ International Union of North America because the group had not endorsed him, the Times-Dispatch reported.

The Northam campaign has said that fewer than 15,000 Fairfax-free fliers were printed, out of 3 million pieces of literature in total, and only 1,000 of the fliers were distributed during door-to-door canvassing in northern Virginia.

Wilder also cited a June 2016 incident in which state Democratic Party officials denied Fairfax a speaking slot at the state Democratic convention.

I am guessing, but I think the failure to get Wilder’s endorsement will hurt the Northam campaign. If we are to believe the conventional wisdom, a disproportionate number of the ‘new’ voters will also be black.