When Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe granted voting rights to as many as 60,000 convicted felons just in time for them to register to vote, it may have been enough to swing the election for Hillary Clinton.
If enough of those convicted felons register to vote and vote for Hillary Clinton, it would be enough to sway the all-important state of Virginia – and the electoral victory – to the Democratic candidate.
Initially, McAuliffe wanted to allow all of the state’s estimated 200,000 felons to vote, but a court ruled that their rights must be restored by individual signatures by the governor.
McAuliffe decided he was going to do this using a mechanical “autopen,” initially saying they’d manage to get through 13,000 of them, The Daily Caller is reporting. But the publication recently learned that McAuliffe managed to churn out five times more than that.
The state has recently been close in presidential elections. The 2014 U.S. Senate race was decided by only 17,000 votes and the attorney general’s race has come down to a mere 165 votes.
McAuliffe is a close personal friend of the Clintons, even personally guaranteeing the loan for the purchase of their New York mansion in 1999. He has also served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
The Virginia chief executive claimed to have “no idea” how felons would vote and said he had never thought about it, even though their Democratic leanings are well-known. Clinton’s staff emailed him after the 200,000-voters move to call it a “great announcement” and set up a call about it.
The vice-chairman of the Virginia Board of Elections, told The Daily Caller that she knew the numbers of felons given the right to vote was high.
When TheDCNF pointed out that 60,000 could tip an election, Wheeler said “I am acutely and chronically aware of that.” She also noted that McAuliffe has explicitly asked felons to vote for Clinton.
Wheeler said the last-minute, highly unorthodox flood of individual restorations had to be processed by registrars who were already overwhelmed by failing computer systems.
She also said that, while McAuliffe claimed to only be restoring voting rights of felons who had completed their sentences, his use of the autopen might not satisfy the court’s specific vetting requirement.