“Virginia Republicans Weigh Court Challenge to Voting Rights for Felons”


Carl W. Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, said he believed Mr. McAuliffe had the constitutional authority to restore the felons’ voting rights, but a lawsuit could impede voter registration ahead of the November election.

“I think what they are likely to do is to go into state court and to ask for an injunction, basically to stop registration and voting by the people whom the governor has enfranchised,” Mr. Tobias said.

He added: “With the elections coming, the stakes are really high, and so time really is of the essence, I don’t think there’s any question about that.”

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