Va. Groups Ask Governor to Restore Voting Rights for Felons


A coalition of civil rights groups and other activists in Virginia want to restore voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences.

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March 27, 2013

A coalition of civil rights groups and other activists in Virginia want to restore voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences.

The groups want Governor Bob McDonnell to issue an executive order restoring the voting rights of about 350,000 felons.

In the last legislative session, McDonnell unsuccessfully pushed for a constitutional amendment to allow automatic restoration of nonviolent felons' civil rights.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has appointed a panel to examine whether automatic restoration of rights is possible within the existing constitutional framework.


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