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Mon May 1, 2017, 08:00 PM

Va. Gov. McAuliffe says he has broken U.S. record for restoring voting rights

This make me smile https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/va-gov-mcauliffe-says-he-has-broken-us-record-for-restoring-voting-rights/2017/04/27/55b5591a-2b8b-11e7-be51-b3fc6ff7faee_story.html?utm_term=.27ecd3c5244c

RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday that he had broken the record for restoring voting rights to convicted felons, calling it his “proudest achievement” as governor.

McAuliffe (D) said he had individually restored rights to 156,221 Virginians, surpassing the previous record-holder by a nose. As governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011, Charlie Crist restored voting rights to 155,315 felons, according to figures that McAuliffe’s office obtained from Florida.

Today Crist, who has evolved from Republican to Independent to Democrat, is a freshman member of Congress. His spokeswoman, Erin Moffet, said Crist would not mind seeing his record fall.

“I know my boss would congratulate Governor McAuliffe on the work he’s doing in his state, as well,” she said.

“Expanding democracy in Virginia has been my proudest achievement during my time as Governor,” McAuliffe said in a written statement. “Over the course of the last year, I have had the privilege to meet with many of the men and women affected by this order, and their stories inspired us as we continued this fight against the hostile opponents of progress.”

McAuliffe’s road to that milestone has been long and complicated. A year ago this month, he announced that he had restored voting rights to more than 200,000 felons who had completed their sentences.

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Mon May 1, 2017, 08:31 PM

1. Gov. McAuliffe restores more voting rights than any governor in US history

Yeah for the state of Virginia http://www.whsv.com/content/news/Gov-McAuliffe-restores-more-voting-rights-than-any-governor-in-US-history-420660033.html

Governor Terry McAuliffe has restored more voting rights than any other governor in American history.

That's according to an announcement made by the governor in Norfolk on Thursday, in which he declared that he has individually restored the rights of 156,000 Virginians, which surpasses former Florida Governor Charlie Crist's restoration of about 155,000 people through a clemency board.

Governor McAuliffe initially planned to restore the voting rights of over 200,000 convicted felons in Virginia, but that move was blocked by the Virginia Supreme Court on July 22, 2016

The court ruled that the governor did not have authority to issue a blanket order like that.

In response, Gov. McAuliffe found a way around the court's decision by individually signing thousands of orders "to restore the fundamental rights of the citizens who have had their rights restored and registered to vote," according to his statement issued at the time.

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Mon May 1, 2017, 11:05 PM

2. And she still lost

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