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More Felons Regaining Their Rights In Virginia

The number of felons that have had their rights restored under a new streamlined system that was put in place this past summer has grown to more than 1,500.

Gov. Bob McDonnell's office says the civil rights of nearly 7,000 Virginians have been restored during his nearly four years as governor. His office says that tops any previous administration.

In July, McDonnell announced the individualized system of rights restoration.

Eligible individuals must register with the Secretary of the Commonwealth by mail, email or phone to have their rights to vote, serve on a jury and work as a notary public restored.

Some 350,000 nonviolent felons are eligible to regain their civil rights.

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