In a last-ditch move to help his old friend Hillary Clinton get to the White House, Virginia Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe has sent out letters of pardon to as many as 60,000 convicted felons – enough new voters to tip an election.
To further encourage the convicted felons to vote, the letter included voter registration forms with pre-paid return postage – a service no other Virginia voters received, reported the Daily Caller.
It worked. The Virginia Board of Elections was flooded with last-minute individual restoration applications that had to be processed by an already overwhelmed staff of registrars.
McAuliffe had originally tried to allow all the estimated 200,000 felons in Virginia to vote, but state courts shot that down, saying each felon’s individual circumstances must be considered. The Daily Caller said McAuliffe found a way around that – he used a “mechanical autopen” to sign thousands of letters, making it appear as if he had personally reviewed them.
His office claimed about 13,000 felons had been pardoned, but now the truth has come out, with the total being “somewhere between 50,000 to 60,000,” as admitted by Edgardo Cortes, Commissioner of the Department of Elections.
Republican Clara Belle Wheeler, vice-chair of the Virginia Board of Elections, said Cortes told her the names were available to the general registrars through the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website. “He state that the number was between 50,000 and 60,000 names. He was unable to be more precise,” Wheeler told the Daily Caller.
“He assured me that the entire 216,000 felons were not sent voter registration cards. He stated that only those who had completed voter registration forms which were submitted to the general registrars either in paper forms or via the on-line citizen portal were registered to vote. He did not know the number of felons whose rights had been restored who have registered to vote,” she said.
Wheeler said McAuliffe specifically asked felons to vote for Clinton, and she is aware that 60,000 votes could definitely tip an election. McAuliffe earlier claimed to have no idea how the pardoned felons would vote, claiming he had never thought about that possibility.
McAuliffe is a long-time personal friend of both Hillary and Bill Clinton – even personally guaranteeing a loan when they purchased their Chappaqua, New York home in 1999, according to the Daily Caller.
In May it was announced that he was under investigation by the FBI over accepting donations from a Chinese businessman to his campaign for governor.
Recently it was revealed that a Virginia state PAC run by McAuliffe donated $467,000 to the senate campaign of Jill McCabe, who just happens to be the wife of the FBI agent who oversaw Hillary Clinton’s private email server investigation.
McAuliffe was co-chair of Bill Clinton’s reelection campaign in 1996, and was chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.
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