When Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe moved to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 felons, some lauded the move as a reversal of a racist relic of a law intended to diminish the power of African American voters. But others saw the move as a blatant attempt to gain more Democratic voters in the upcoming presidential election. They say his sweeping order is unconstitutional– and they’re taking their case to the Supreme Court. Adding fuel to the fire of McAuliffe’s opponents, a number of felons’ rights were restored mistakenly– including some who are still serving their sentences. Kojo explores what’s at stake for the Commonwealth.


  • Jenna Portnoy Reporter, The Washington Post
  • Jim Plowman Commonwealth Attorney, Loudoun County, Virginia

Topics + Tags


comments powered by Disqus
Most Recent Shows

The Politics Hour – September 21, 2018

Friday, Sep 21 2018New proposed legislation threatens some of the power D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser exercises over education in the District. Rep. Jamie Raskin is running for a second term in Congress, pledging to protect Maryland's air and federal workers. They both join us in studio.