May 28, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A committee appointed by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli suggests designating a state agency to help the governor restore felons' voting rights.
Cuccinelli's seven-member Rights Restoration Advisory Committee issued its report Tuesday.
The Republican candidate for governor formed the panel in March to determine whether the procedure for restoring felons' rights can be revised without amending the Virginia Constitution. Legislative proposals to automatically restore nonviolent felons' rights have failed repeatedly, most recently in the 2013 legislature. Those efforts have focused on amending the constitution, which says felons cannot vote unless their civil rights have been restored by the governor "or other appropriate authority."
The committee says the legislature could designate an executive branch agency to do all the legwork and lead an outreach effort. The governor would retain the final say.
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