FROM Laura Vozzella
McAuliffe restores felons' voting rights in Virginia A month ago, the Supreme Court of Virginia threw out Governor Terry McAuliffe's restoration of civil rights for 200,000 felons who'd completed their sentences. Today, McAuliffe restored individual voting rights to 13,000, asserting that "These individuals are gainfully employed. They send their children and their grandchildren to our schools. They shop in our grocery stores and they pay taxes. And I am not content to condemn them for eternity as inferior, second class citizens." Laura Vozzella, who covers Virginia politics for the Washington Post , explains how this restoration differs from McAuliffe's blanket clemency order.
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