Virginia Supreme Court Strikes Down Gov's Decision to Restore Voting Rights to Felons

Governor Terry McAuliffe; Photo: Win McNamee/Getty

Governor Terry McAuliffe; Photo: Win McNamee/Getty

The Virginia Supreme Court has struck down Governor Terry McAuliffe's executive order restoring voting rights to felons in the Old Dominion. The Supreme Court ruled 4-3 on the decision.

VA House Speaker William Howell, a Republican, said of the decision, "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,"

Virginia Republicans had been critical of Governor McAuliffe's order, arguing that he exceeded his authority in doing so.

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