Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Who Gets To Vote? Va. Supremes Decide Today

The Virginia Supreme Court today takes up the case of who gets to vote in the Commonwealth. Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently decided that felons who have served their time should be able to vote. The Republican controlled General Assembly disputes that and filed a lawsuit.

Virginia is not the only state with laws restricting voting and Republicans want very much to expand the reach of those laws, eliminating voters who are primarily Democrats. Says the New York Times editorial this morning (here), "Most states now automatically restore a person’s voting rights upon release from incarceration, or upon completion of their sentence, including parole." That makes sense if the goal is rehabilitation and not revenge or the elimination of more than 200,000 voters.

 The list of Republican outrages in states controlled by the GOP is long and imposing. Let's hope the Supreme Court erases one of them today.

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