Virginia Court SMACKS Down Liberal Governors Executive Order! Bad News For Felons.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s action restoring the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons was unconstitutional, Virginia’s highest court ruled Friday, siding with Republican lawmakers who said the governor overstepped his authority.
In a 4-3 decision, the Supreme Court of Virginia ordered the state to cancel the registration of the more than 11,000 felons who had signed up to vote so far under the governor’s April executive order. Top Republicans called it “a major victory for the Constitution, the rule of law and the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
“Our nation was founded on the principles of limited government and separation of powers. Those principles have once again withstood assault from the executive branch. This opinion is a sweeping rebuke of the governor’s unprecedented assertion of executive authority,” House Speaker William Howell and Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment said in a statement.
The executive order restored voting rights of felons who completed their sentences and also allowed them to run for public office, serve on a jury and become a notary public. Republican lawmakers swiftly sued, arguing that governors cannot restore rights en masse but must consider each former offender’s case individually.
If the Governor of Virginia would like to pick and choose which rights of a felon he wants to restore, why is it that he stops at these rights?
Felons are barred from owning firearms, why wouldn’t he further his executive order to include the right to own a firearm? Because after all they have completed their sentences as he states. Why should the rights they have restored stop at voting, jury duty, running for public office, and becoming a notary public.
See to the Governor of Virginia you can be a convicted criminal and still be an “honorable” public servant. However you can not be a convicted criminal and have the right to defend yourself with a gun if someone (anyone) threatens your life.
Sorry Governor but it does not work that way! You do not get to pick through which rights to take and give. These are felons, they lost certain rights the day they committed crimes. You can not guarantee votes by making promises that you can not follow through on..