RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a Republican lawsuit trying to block more than 200,000 former felons in the state from voting in November.
A hearing is scheduled Tuesday morning centered on whether the state’s constitution allows governors to restore voting rights to ex-felons en masse or requires them to be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Republican lawmakers who sued Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe say the governor clearly violated the constitution and ignored decades of practice with his April executive order.
McAuliffe says he’s confident he’s on firm legal ground. But he has said he will restore all roughly 206,000 former felons’ political rights individually if he has to.
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