Clinton praises Va. governor's move to restore voting rights to felons
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Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonVirginia governor's race poses crucial test for GOP Hillary Clinton backs Shontel Brown in Ohio congressional race Hillary Clinton: Casting doubt on 2020 election is 'doing Putin's work' MORE praised Virginia's governor Friday for signing an executive order that will extend voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons. 

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe's order allows felons who have served their prison time and finished parole to register to vote, reversing a Civil War-era provision in Virginia's Constitution. 

McAuliffe said prohibiting felons from voting in the state mostly disenfranchises African-Americans. 

"There's no question that we've had a horrible history in voting rights as relates to African-Americans — we should remedy it," McAuliffe said, according to The New York Times.  

Virginia will be a battleground state in the upcoming presidential election. The state has trended toward Democrats in recent years, with President Obama winning it in 2008 and 2012. 

McAuliffe is a long-time ally of Clinton and served as chairman of her campaign in 2008.