Virginia’s Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe wielded his executive power today in a move that will just coincidentally help his political party:

From the New York Times:

Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia used his executive power on Friday to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons, circumventing his Republican-run Legislature. The action overturns a Civil War-era provision in the state’s Constitution aimed, he said, at disenfranchising African-Americans.

The sweeping order, in a swing state that could play a role in deciding the November presidential election, will enable all felons who have served their prison time and finished parole to register to vote. Most are African-Americans, a core constituency of Democrats, Mr. McAuliffe’s political party.

Well that’s certainly convenient timing for the Democrats:

The Times quotes McAuliffe as saying this move will allow those affected “to feel good about yourself again, to feel like you are a member of society.”