Consider it the largest case ever of attempted voter fraud.

The Virginia Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision Friday last, ruled as unconstitutional Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s broad-broom executive order that restored voting rights to more than 200,000 felons.

Mr. McAuliffe, the Democrat, Clinton acolyte and “Gov. Fast and Loose” to some, issued his order in April. Nearly 12,000 of those reconstituted felon voters already had registered. The governor claimed his actions were legal, needed to remedy a disparate effect on blacks.

But the high court knew this blatant and illegal attempt to pad the voter rolls when it saw it.

“Never before have any of the prior 71 Virginia governors issued a clemency order of any kind … to a class of unnamed felons without regard for the nature of the crimes or any of the individual circumstances relevant to the request,” said Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons, writing for the majority. One of those governors was Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s running mate.

McAuliffe has vowed to sign the orders one by one, which would be within his clemency powers. But the felons’ list is said to be replete with errors, necessitating more through reviews “to prevent irreversible mistakes,” the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

Which, of course, also affirms the necessity of the court’s ruling.

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