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McDonnell to announce voting rights restoration changes today in Union Hill

May 29, 2013 11:31 am by

NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous will be joining Governor Bob McDonnell in Union Hill at Cedar Street Baptist Church this afternoon for an announcement regarding voting rights restoration:

Gov. Bob McDonnell today will announce that he is automatically restoring the voting rights of nonviolent felons on an individual basis.

The sweeping administrative action – while not an instantaneous blanket restoration – is as far as the governor can go within current Virginia law, administration officials said.

The change, effective July 15, removes the application process for nonviolent felons. Once the administration verifies a nonviolent felon has paid his debt to society, the governor will send the individual a letter restoring his rights.


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