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Officials remove 132 sex offenders from voter list

(AP) State officials have removed 132 sex offenders from Virginia’s list of eligible voters saying they appeared on the list by mistake.

The Washington Post reports that a spokesman for Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Brian Coy, acknowledged the error involving offenders who are confined in a treatment facility under a form of civil commitment.

Nottoway County Commonwealth’s Attorney Terry J. Royall, however, says there was no mistake and that state officials changed the records to attempt to hide a politically awkward accident: that McAuliffe inadvertently restored voting rights to some of the state’s worst sexual predators.

In April, McAuliffe, a Democrat, restored voting and other civil rights to more than 200,000 felons who had completed their terms of incarceration or “supervised release, including probation and parole.”

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