Virginia Supreme Court strikes down McAuliffe’s felon voting order

A “major victory” for Virginia’s constitution and the rule of law, and a “potentially fatal blow” to Governor and former Democratic National Committee Chair Terry McAuliffe’s hoped-for “legacy” of swinging the state to his friend and former boss Hillary Clinton:

In a 4-3 ruling, the court declared McAuliffe’s order unconstitutional, saying it amounts to a unilateral rewrite and suspension of the state’s policy of lifetime disenfranchisement for felons.

 

The court ordered the Virginia Department of Elections to “cancel the registration of all felons who have been invalidly registered” under McAuliffe’s April 22 executive order and subsequent orders.