Two Months After McAuliffe Felon Voting Order Few Have Registered

Two Months After McAuliffe Felon Voting Order Few Have Registered


Will Dems Leave Votes on the Table Because of Lack of Strategy? After a much celebrated executive order signed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Politico is reporting that few felons have registered to vote.  As of June 30, only 8,170 of the over 200,000 newly eligible voters have registered.

At that pace only a little under 20,000 new voters would have registered by election day. In a close election 20,000 voters matter. But there is always a sizable difference between who registers and who actually shows up to vote on election day.

On April 22, Gov. McAuliffe signed an executive order that would allow 206,000 ex-felons to vote. Virginia had one of the harshest prohibitions on felon voting in the U.S.  The Virginia Supreme Court is set to meet in a special session on the matter of the executive order on July 19.

New Virginia Majority has been working on registering voters. On the day of McAuliffe’s announcement members of the group could be seen handing voter applications out to many present at the ceremony at the state Capitol.

According to Politico, the Democratic Party of Virginia has no plan to register the newly eligible voters in Virginia:

“Democrats are opaque about what effort they are taking to engage the potential new voters. Virginia state Democratic Party spokeswoman Emily Bolton said that “of course the Party will be working to get them registered and earn their votes” but did not respond to multiple requests for details. And the Clinton campaign pointed to a tweet the candidate sent in support of McAuliffe’s decision at the time, deferring further requests to the state Democratic Party.”

In a battleground state that could decide the election this is an interesting development.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke


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