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 KaineLawmakers set to host fundraisers focused on Nats' World Series trip The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington mourns loss of Elijah Cummings GOP cautions Graham against hauling Biden before Senate 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 ClintonClinton trolls Trump with mock letter from JFK to Khrushchev Trump-Graham relationship tested by week of public sparring Sunday shows — Mulvaney seeks to tamp down firestorm over quid pro quo comments, Doral decision 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 TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE last month attacked McAuliffe, calling the governor's order "crooked politics."