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.