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 KaineTrump plans to pick Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ginsburg on court Hillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns Democrats call for declassifying election threats after briefing by Trump officials 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 ClintonBloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida Hillicon Valley: Productivity, fatigue, cybersecurity emerge as top concerns amid pandemic | Facebook critics launch alternative oversight board | Google to temporarily bar election ads after polls close Trump pledges to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, designate KKK a terrorist group in pitch to Black voters 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 TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE last month attacked McAuliffe, calling the governor's order "crooked politics."