“Nobody should be surprised” that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order restoring the voting rights of more than 200,000 convicted felons who have served their time, McAuliffe told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.
“This is something I campaigned on and I’ve been working for the restoration rights for the last two years as governor,” he said. “I have already restored the rights of 18,000 individuals, more than my past seven governors combined.”
McAuliffe said “second chances matter,” and “everybody ought to have a second chance” once they’ve completed probation or parole and they’re back in society, working and paying taxes.
“And that’s why I stood in front of our capital and erased 115 years. We have had some very horrible disenfranchisement of voters in Virginia. And I stood right in front of that capital, where we had a poll tax, literacy (test), disenfranchisement of voters.