Virginia to identify felons who had signed up to vote
(AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration says it will release the names of the roughly 13,000 felons recently stripped from the state’s voter rolls.
The Virginia Department of Elections recently cancelled their registrations after the state Supreme Court ruled that McAuliffe overstepped his authority when he restored their voting rights.
Department of Elections Commissioner Edgardo Cortes says their names will be released publicly as early as Wednesday.
McAuliffe issued an executive order in April that restored the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons.
But the Virginia’s Supreme Court struck down that order last month, ruling that governors cannot restore rights en masse, but must handle them on a case-by-case basis.
Of the more than 200,000 felons whose rights had been restored, only roughly 13,000 had actually registered to vote