Republicans sue to stop felons from voting in Virginia
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Republicans in Virginia filed a lawsuit Monday to block an executive order by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe that extends voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons.

The lawsuit claims that McAuliffe didn't have the authority to issue the executive order, which allows felons who have served their prison time and finished parole to register to vote, The Washington Post reported.

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“From Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson to Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Senators press FDA tobacco chief on status of vaping ban Progressive freshmen jump into leadership PAC fundraising MORE and Bob McDonnell, every Governor of Virginia has understood the clemency power to authorize the Governor to grant clemency on an individualized basis only,” the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit was filed in the Virginia Supreme Court on behalf of leaders of the state's House and Senate, including House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford), Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment (R-James City) and four Virginia voters.

Republicans have argued that the order, issued in April, would benefit Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonImpeachment hearings don't move needle with Senate GOP GOP divided over impeachment trial strategy 'Too Far Left' hashtag trends on Twitter MORE.  

McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman who ran Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, has since defended the order, telling Republicans to "quit complaining."

"Quit complaining and go out and earn these folks' right to vote for you. Go out and talk to them," he said.

He called the order restoring voting rights to felons "morally the right thing to do."

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE last month attacked McAuliffe, calling the governor's order "crooked politics."