Politics / Virginia

After ruling, McAuliffe moves to restore rights individually

Solicitor General Stewart Raphael, left,, prepares to argue the administration's position as attorney Charles Cooper, right, finishes his presentation arguing against it  during a hearing before the Virginia Supreme Court on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in Richmond, Va. The question before the court during Tuesday's oral arguments was whether Virginia's constitution allows governors to restore voting rights en masse, or requires each former offender's case to be considered individually. (Joe Mahoney/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Solicitor General Stewart Raphael, left,, prepares to argue the administration’s position as attorney Charles Cooper, right, finishes his presentation arguing against it during a hearing before the Virginia Supreme Court on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in Richmond, Va. The question before the court during Tuesday’s oral arguments was whether Virginia’s constitution allows governors to restore voting rights en masse, or requires each former offender’s case to be considered individually. (Joe Mahoney/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration says it will move quickly to ensure thousands of felons hoping to cast ballots in November’s election will be able to vote.

McAuliffe Spokesman Brian Coy said Monday that the administration expects by the end of this week to restore the voting rights of the roughly 13,000 felons who registered to vote under the Democratic governor’s April executive order.

Virginia’s Supreme Court struck down that order Friday, saying governors cannot restore rights en masse, but must handle them on a case-by-case basis.

Coy says the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office will process each felon’s paperwork individually to comply with the ruling.

After those are completed, the administration says it will move on to the restore the rights of the other felons it has identified.
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