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 Clinton.
McAuliffe pushed back on those claims, saying that the executive action was “morally the right thing to do.”