Virginia’s governor – a close friend of the Clintons – has pardoned up to 60,000 felons just in time to vote in Tuesday’s election, a report said Sunday.
The Daily Caller reported that Terry McAuliffe had originally sought to pardon all of his state’s 200,000 felons to reinstate their voting rights, but that he faced legal hurdles.
The courts told McAuliffe, who served as Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign manager, that he would need to review each case separately and sign off on them one-by-one.
To save time, the governor used a signing machine to blaze through tens of thousands of cases without actually reading them, according to the Daily Caller.
The report suggested McAuliffe went through with the mass pardons in his swing state to boost Clinton’s chances of winning the election, saying that ex-felons tend to vote Democrat.
It added that a member of Clinton’s staff emailed the governor to praise the “great announcement” over the felon pardons, and to arrange a call to discuss it.