The effort to get felons to the polls started in Virginia earlier this year.
And the mainstream media largely ignored that a George Soros-funded group had been registering felons to vote in Alabama.
Is this the reason why Judge Roy Moore lost by only 20,000 votes on Tuesday night?
In Virginia, 22% of blacks had been disenfranchised because of felonies. When McAuliffe restored the voting rights of 61,000 felons last year, about 1/3 registered before the election.
Because they did not have a voter history, they did not show up in polling. Which became apparent when the Democrats did much better than expected in Virginia.
In Alabama, blacks make up 25% of the state and 15% could not vote because of the previous law. (Twice as high as blacks in other states).
The Alabama project was headed by Al Sharpton’s half-brother and funded by a George Soros-funded group.
“An organization partnered with a George Soros-financed group and led by a radical leftist who is the half-brother of the infamous controversial Rev. Al Sharpton has been diligently working over the past few weeks to register convicted felons across Alabama.
The aim of the effort has been to get as many felons as possible on the roster before last Monday, the deadline to register in order to vote in Alabama’s Dec. 12 senate special election that pits Republican Roy Moore against Democratic challenger Doug Jones.
The man spearheading the campaign has stated outright that his effort is meant to ensure a Democratic victory in Alabama.
Despite polling that showed a narrow lead for Judge Moore, he ended up losing by nearly 20,000 votes.
The thousands of felons reportedly newly registered over the past few weeks were most likely not included in any recent polling on the Alabama senate race put out by major firms.
Jones himself is tied to some of the specific organizations associated with the drive to register felons here. Indeed, as Breitbart News first reported, Jones spearheaded a project for a massively Soros-financed legal activist group demanding full voting rights be given to felons released from prison, including those convicted of murder, rape and other violent crimes.
AL.com reported that Pastor Kenneth Glasgow has been at the forefront of the statewide effort, which has successfully registered thousands of felons across Alabama in recent weeks. Glasgow has been aided in his efforts here by other Soros-financed groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
The Village Voice previously described Glasgow, Sharpton’s half-brother, as an “ex-con and recovering crackhead turned street preacher.”
Vox reports on what happened in Virginia:
“Virginia has one of the country’s harshest laws on restoring voting rights: It’s one of four states where anyone convicted of a felony is automatically barred from voting for the rest of his or her life.
According to estimates from The Sentencing Project, 7.8 percent of voting-age Virginians were disenfranchised in 2016 because of their records — including 21.9 percent of all African Americans in the state.
The former Republican governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell, was concerned enough about this to ask Virginia’s Republican legislature to loosen the law — but the legislature couldn’t agree on a bill. McDonnell’s Democratic successor, current Gov. McAuliffe, was (unsurprisingly) no more successful with the legislature.
McAuliffe took another tack: He signed an executive order immediately reenfranchising 200,000 Virginians who had committed felonies but had completed parole.
The state Supreme Court (siding with a lawsuit brought by the legislature) struck down the executive order, saying that McAuliffe couldn’t just categorically restore rights the law had denied to a whole group of people at once — he had to use his gubernatorial power to restore rights individually.
So that’s just what he did. Starting in August 2016, McAuliffe has sent letters to individual Virginians letting them know their voting rights have been restored. The letters have now gone out to 168,000 people.”
After seeing what happened in Virginia, how did this happen in Alabama? The extremely liberal magazine, Mother Jones, did an expose on the events.
Mother Jones reported:
“Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a law on Wednesday that could restore voting rights to thousands of felons, many of them African American, in a state where about 250,000 people are disenfranchised because of their criminal records.
The change is all about finally defining a key legal phrase in the state’s constitution: “moral turpitude.” Currently, Alabama blocks anyone from voting who has committed a crime that falls into this category. But the phrase “moral turpitude” was not defined when the state constitution was adopted in 1901—and this very vagueness, critics say, has been used by state officials to selectively prevent black people from voting.
Over the years, lawmakers never came up with a list of crimes that applied, leaving discretion to unelected county voter registrars, with widely different interpretations. As NPR put it, felons “in each of Alabama’s 67 counties might get 67 different answers to whether their crime was one of moral turpitude.”
In 2005, the state’s attorney general tried to clarify that moral turpitude included acts of “baseness, vileness or depravity in the private and social duties which a man owes to his fellow men or to society in general.”
The attorney general and the state’s court administration each came up with conflicting lists of crimes—one included hundreds of offenses, the other just 70—leading to confusion and inconsistency.
The Definition of Moral Turpitude Act was passed by state lawmakers last week and signed by the governor, a Republican, on Wednesday afternoon, according to a spokeswoman from the governor’s office. The law creates a list of fewer than 50 crimes of moral turpitude, including murder, kidnapping, and sexual abuse—though notably, white-collar crimes such as public corruption are left off the list.”
The impact of this change was made clear in the close loss of Judge Roy Moore.