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Donald Trump has taken a lot of heat for claiming that “the system” — including the election — is “rigged” against him. Several recent revelations suggest that it may be just that; including one, compliments of long-time Clinton friend Terry McAuliffe.
That's more than 5 times the number he previously indicated — enough to sway the election — but less than a third of the number he originally intended.
McAuliffe sought to allow all of Virginia’s estimated 200,000 felons to vote, but state courts said each individual felon’s circumstances must be weighed.
To get around that, McAuliffe used a mechanical autopen to rapidly sign thousands of letters, as if he had personally reviewed them, even as his office was saying the total was 13,000.
Now, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group (DCNF) has learned that McAuliffe churned out five times as many letters before the registration deadline than publicly claimed.
Virgina officials were caught off guard by McAuliffe's move, telling the DCNF that even the Virginia Board of Elections was not informed of his intent.
Clara Belle Wheeler, vice-chairman of the Virginia Board of Elections, told the DNCF that she first learned about the 60,000 number from Edgardo Cortes, Commissioner of the Department of Elections.
“Cortes stated that the names were available to the general registrars thru the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website. He stated that the number was between 50,0000 and 60,000 names.
Wheeler said Cortez told her he couldn't be precise:
“He assured me that the entire 216,000 felons were not sent voter registration cards.
He stated that only those who had completed voter registration forms which were submitted to the general registrars either in paper forms or via the on-line citizen portal were registered to vote.
He did not know the number of felons whose rights had been restored who have registered to vote.”
Incidentally, McAuliffe was not only chairman of Hillary's failed 2008 presidential campaign, he personally guaranteed the loan on the Clinton's $1.7 million Chappaqua, New York, home in 1999.
McAuliffe said in April he had “no idea” how felons would vote if given the opportunity. Hadn't even thought about it, he said. I'd bet that he 'had a pretty good idea.'