Governor Terry McAuliffe, former long time aid to Hillary Clinton, enables 206,000 convicted felons to vote for her in November.
From the New York Times: “The sweeping order, in a crucial swing state that could play a role in deciding the November presidential election, will enable all felons who have served their prison time and finished parole to register to vote.”
In 2010, various media outlets reported how Saturday Night Live comedian, Al Franken, won a seat in the U.S. Senate for Minnesota on the backs of felon votes.
In a July 2010 piece in the Wall Street Journal entitled, “Felons for Franken,” writer John Fund said: “Did illegal felon voters determine the outcome of the critical 2008 Minnesota Senate election? The day after the election, GOP Senator Norm Coleman had a 725 vote lead, but a series of recounts over the next six months reversed that result and gave Democrat Al Franken a 312 vote victory. The outcome also gave Democrats the critical 60th Senate vote they needed to block GOP filibusters.”
Shortly after Franken won, the group Minnesota Majority scrutinized voting records and compared them to criminal records and found “at least 341 convicted felons voted in Minneapolis’s Hennepin County, the state’s largest, and another 52 voted illegally in St. Paul’s Ramsey County, the state’s second largest,” the Wall Street Journal said.
In 2014, meanwhile, a widely reported study revealed most felons vote Democrat.
“Democrats would benefit from additional ex-felon participation” in elections, the Washington Examiner reported, citing the study.