The Republicans are probably right.
Last week, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, issued an executive order restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 ex-offenders. The sweeping order applies to those who have completed their sentences and any probation or parole.
The GOP was unimpressed. William Howell, speaker of the Virginia House, pronounced himself "stunned" by the governor's action, which he said was designed to deliver November votes to presumed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
"It is hard to describe how transparent the governor's motives are," said Howell in a written statement. "The singular purpose of...