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Gov. McAuliffe defends his Restoration of Rights order, despite criticism

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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY (WSLS 10) - Governor Terry McAuliffe says he's confident he'll prevail in the lawsuit filed against him for restoring voting rights to felons.

Republicans in the state General Assembly have filed the suit and 43 commonwealths attorneys, along with three former Virginia Attorney Generals, have signed a brief supporting it.

Governor McAuliffe recently restored voting rights to more than 200,000 felons in Virginia.

The lawsuit argues  the restoration has too many loop holes and has created confusion as to which felons are eligible to have their rights restored.

Governor McAuliffe says he stands by his decision. "We are doing what 40 other states have already done. I would say to the commonwealths attorneys why didn't those 40 states have the problems we are having."

The state Supreme Court is set to take up the lawsuit July 29.