The Virginia Supreme Court struck down Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D) move to restore voting rights for over 200,000 convicted felons on Friday.
The 4-3 ruling came a month after Republicans in the state sued McAuliffe, saying that he overstepped his authority in issuing the executive action.
“The unprecedented scope, magnitude, and categorical nature of Governor McAuliffe’s Executive Order” exceeded his authority, wrote Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons in the decision.
Republicans argued that the move would also disproportionately favor Democrats like presumptive nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe real reason Biden is going to the COP26 climate summit Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 MORE.
McAuliffe pushed back on those claims, saying that the executive action was “morally the right thing to do.”
"Quit complaining and go out and earn these folks' right to vote for you. Go out and talk to them," he told Republicans.