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Like many states, the Virginia Constitution provides that if a person commits a felony, with their lawbreaking, they forfeit the right to vote for candidates who will make and enforce those laws. But it also grants the Virginia governor clemency power to pardon criminals and commute sentences, including the power to restore voting rights.
But Gov. Terry McAuliffe—one of Hillary Clinton’s oldest and most loyal supporters—declared on April 22 of this year that he was using this pardon power to restore voting rights to 206,000 convicted felons in Virginia. This was a political bombshell, because felons vote overwhelmingly in favor of Democrats, and Virginia is a swing state (made all the more so by Clinton’s tapping Sen. Tim Kaine from that state as her running mate).
Virginia lawmakers sued, and the Virginia Supreme Court held in Howell v. McAuliffe that the Clinton ally’s political move was an unprecedented power grab that previous governors of both parties had acknowledged was illegal.
Among other things, Virginia Chief Justice Donald Lemons wrote that “power could be exercised only in particular cases to named individuals for whom a specific grant of executive clemency is sought,” and only after an individualized assessment of the felon’s case and character.
His presidency will be everything BUT boring!
The 2016 general election came and went in the town in under 5 minutes when all of the registered voters had cast their ballots. The results were a Clinton win by a count of 4 votes to 2 with Gary Johnson receiving 1 and a write-in for Mitt Romney. Not exactly a major victory for Hillary, but still, she got to claim a 2 to 1 margin in the first electoral battle.
There’s just one problem. Eight votes were cast in Dixville’s Notch, but there are only seven legally registered voters. Almira Humphrey Jones, a woman who had voted Republican in every election since 1922, passed away in June peacefully at her home surrounded by her family. While it is possible that she had filled out and mailed an absentee ballot, her great-grandson, Joshua Lineberger, doubts it:
“Great Gram wasn’t thinking she’d miss the election. She talked about it all the time. She was really a John Kasich supporter but she was happily going to vote for Donald Trump.”
The DOJ is investigating, but we all know what will happen there. If you watch of the voting, which is over in a snap. You can clearly see that only 4 or 5 people showed up to vote and the election official is stuffing the box with what we can only presume are absentee ballots.
originally posted by: Byrd
a reply to: carewemust
Eh, it's just his tit-for-tat noise ploy.
He's done this before when someone "displeases the Donald" - he hits back doing the same thing. If someone calls him a name, he goes back to name-calling (instead of more effective tactics.) He has a long record of countersueing people who are suing him.
He's really not capable of a nuanced response.