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Virginia Starts Process Of Restoring Voting Rights For Nonviolent Felons

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An estimated 100,000 felons in Virginia are eligible to have their voting rights restored.
An estimated 100,000 felons in Virginia are eligible to have their voting rights restored.

In Virginia, tens of thousands of nonviolent felons may soon regain their right to vote.

Governor Bob McDonnell said in May that his administration's goal was to restore as many felons' rights as possible through the end of his administration. Now, the state is beginning to make some adjustments in order to implement those changes.

Right now Virginia has no database of past felons and no electronic records were kept before 1995. So, the state is hiring four workers to assist with restoring felons' rights. The governor's administration is relying on advocates to spread the word that nonviolent felons will be able to cast a ballot in future elections.

An estimated 100,000 disenfranchised felons are eligible to have their voting rights restored.


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