Despite Virginia's status as a solidly blue state, a recent poll reported that Virginia’s Presidential election next year may be close, with President Trump narrowly beating all Democratic Party presidential candidates but one. President Trump is only behind Joe Biden, and he is within the margin of error in a race with Biden. How do some Democrats in Virginia respond to news of President Trump becoming competitive in the blue state of Virginia? By trying to create "new voters" by allowing imprisoned felons and the mentally handicap to vote, as the Daily Caller writes:
Democratic lawmakers in Virginia, who recently won control of the state’s legislature, proposed altering the state’s constitution to allow prisoners and mentally handicapped individuals to vote.
Keep in mind that in the last Presidential election, then Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe pushed and rushed through efforts to re-enfranchise all felons no longer in prison. This was particularly troubling, as many polling locations in Virginia are schools. He was pushing so hard that the Virginia Supreme Court pushed back on him but that did not stop the former DNC Chair McAuliffe in 2016:
McAuliffe, a Democrat, took the sweeping action in April, saying he was doing away with an unusually restrictive voting policy that has a disproportionate impact on African-Americans. In a legal challenge, Republican leaders argued McAuliffe overstepped his power by issuing a blanket restoration order for violent and nonviolent felons with no case-by-case review.
The court majority found that McAuliffe did indeed overstep his authority.
“Never before have any of the prior 71 Virginia governors issued a clemency order of any kind — including pardons, reprieves, commutations, and restoration orders — to a class of unnamed felons without regard for the nature of the crimes or any other individual circumstances relevant to the request,” Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons wrote in the majority opinion.
“To be sure, no governor of this commonwealth, until now, has even suggested that such a power exists. And the only governors who have seriously considered the question concluded that no such power exists.”
In response, McAuliffe said he will “expeditiously” sign roughly 13,000 individual rights restoration orders for people who have already registered to vote. He said he’ll continue until rights are restored for all 200,000 people affected by the original order.
But now worried Democrats are going even further with what would be the most brazen politic move in the so-called "felon rights movement" history. Most prisons are in rural areas that vote Republican. Democrats are trying to solidify their power in Richmond by diluting voters' voices in local elections. Virginia Democrats are proposing making imprisoned criminals voters of the city and counties where they are incarcerated:
Only two other states allow inmates to vote. But unlike in Maine and Vermont, the language of the Virginia proposal suggests inmates could vote as residents of the jurisdiction where the prison is.
Virginia’s largest state prisons are in sparsely populated areas where the inmate population could exert significant influence on local government. . . .
In some states, felons register as Democrats more than six times as often as Republicans, a 2013 academic study published in the American Academy of Political and Social Science found. It also cited another study that found 73% of voters who turn out for presidential elections vote Democrat.
If this becomes law, incarcerated felons could pick county sheriffs! Hopefully, Virginians of all stripes will rise up and oppose this ugly, naked political grab.