Gov. McAuliffe to Ex-Cons: ‘I Want You Feeling Good About Yourself and Voting’

By Eric Scheiner | April 25, 2016 | 3:42 PM EDT

Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) (AP File Photo)

( - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) says he issued an executive order restoring the voting rights of convicted felons to say, “I want you feeling good about yourself and voting.”

“I’m restoring voting rights, I’m not giving people back gun rights. I’m not commuting anyone’s sentence,” McAuliffe told PBS NewsHour on Friday. “I am giving people who are now – have served – they’ve paid they’re debt to society. That debt was determined by a judge and a jury and they said ‘this is what the debt to pay back’ – once you’ve done that, I’m saying you can come back and be part of society.”

“You can go back, you can have a job, you can buy a home –you can do everything else. I want you feeling good about yourself and voting,” McAuliffe added.

With his executive order on Friday, McAuliffe restored voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons.

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Eric Scheiner
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