April 3, 2012
Ten convicted felons face charges of lying on voter registration forms during Virginia's presidential election in 2008.
Five men and five women were indicted Monday by a Richmond grand jury on one felony count each of making a material false statement on a voter registration form. The charges stem from a Virginia State Police investigation.
Commonwealth's Attorney Michael N. Herring tells The Richmond Times-Dispatch that the defendants indicated on the forms that they weren't convicted felons.
Herring says solicitors trying to get people to register to vote incorrectly told the defendants they could vote. Convicted felons can't vote unless the governor restores their voting rights.
Herring says the misinformation doesn't excuse lying about their status. He says authorities couldn't identify the solicitors.