(Washington Times) Democrats have long agitated for felons to enjoy full voting rights. It’s no surprise why. When felons are allowed to vote, it is easier for Democrats to win elections.
Unfortunately, some Republicans in Virginia, including Gov. Bob McDonnell, have succumbed to one of the left’s top partisan objectives.
Almost every state restricts the right of felons to vote. Virginia prohibits it altogether. On the other extreme, Maine and Vermont permit voting rights inside prisons. To loud applause from groups like the Advancement Project, Mr. McDonnell endorsed a proposal for Virginia to allow nonviolent felons to vote automatically when they leave prison. Early this week, a Republican-dominated subcommittee in the Virginia House of Delegates shot the proposal down.