Virginia’s governor is overreaching his executive authority by doing an end run around the legislative law making body and essentially enacting his own law. The good people of Virginia should be completely outraged by this act and demand that he reverse course. Else, impeach him for failing to live up to his sworn oath.
On paper, I like the idea of second chances. VA automatically stripped felons of voting rights, and I don't agree with that. I do think ex-felons should have to demonstrate that they would like to earn back the right to vote, and it should be done on a case by case basis. The VA Supreme Court ruled that re-conferring voting rights should be done that way, so doing it as a blanket order may be overstepping.
Virginia's governor is overreaching his executive authority by restoring the voting rights of nearly 13,000 ex-felons. The state Supreme Court barred him from accomplishing this with a single executive order. He used a technicality to get around the ruling by issuing individual orders. This was certainly not the intent of the ruling.
Virginia's governor is empowered by the state’s Constitution to grant ex-felons the right to vote. Earlier studies show that most of those whose rights were restored had committed nonviolent crimes. It is wrong to permanently punish people who have served their time and are now willing to be a productive member of society.