Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe Restores Voting Rights of Felons

He's starting with 13,000 and vowing to add more.

"Let me put this in plain English: We will proceed," he said.

Virginia GOP leaders took McAuliffe to court and defeated his plan. The court ordered the state to put the felons' names back on its list of banned voters.

"The Virginia Constitution is clear," he said. "I have the authority to restore civil rights without limitation."

He said today that he was restoring the rights of 13,000 felons after reviewing their cases individually and that he will continue to seek ways to do so for more felons, calling it "an issue of basic justice."

"I personally believe in the power of second chances," McAuliffe said.