Virginia Gov. McAuliffe’s autopen restores voting rights to 60,000 felons, enough to swing the election

Former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign Terry McAuliffe has been working overtime to get out the felon vote in Virginia for his old boss. Or at least his autopen has:

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has granted voting rights to as many as 60,000 convicted felons just in time for them to register to vote, nearly five times more than previously reported and enough to win the state for his long-time friend, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

 

McAuliffe sought to allow all of Virginia’s estimated 200,000 felons to vote, but state courts said each individual felon’s circumstances must be weighed. To get around that, McAuliffe used a mechanical autopen to rapidly sign thousands of letters, as if he had personally reviewed them, even as his office was saying the total was 13,000.

 

Now, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned that McAuliffe — who managed Clinton’s unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign — churned out five times as many letters before the registration deadline than publicly claimed.

 

Virginia’s recent political history has seen multiple races that were decided by tiny margins. The 2014 U.S. Senate race, for example, was decided by only 17,000 votes, while the attorney general’s race came down to a mere 165 votes.

A cursory review of some of these soon-to-be-voting felons revealed that they were not vetted, like child sexual batterer Cerda Maquin, who isn’t even a U.S. citizen. But felons’ eligibility to vote is less important to McAuliffe than how they vote: “I would like everyone whose rights were restored to come out and vote for Hillary Clinton.