Governor McDonnell restores voting rights to 506 felons

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July 19, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

RICHMOND, Virginia: Since Governor Bob McDonnell issued changes to the process of restoring civil rights to convicted felons, over 500 persons recently seen their civil rights restored[1].

Since announcing the changes in May of 2010 through an executive order, the McDonnell Administration received 1,080 applications from felons seeking to have their rights restored. Out of the 1,080 total applications received, 650 were also considered from Tim Kaine's tenure as Governor[1].

After reviewing the applications, only 574 out of the 1,080 applicants met the initial criteria set by the McDonnell Administration. 506 individuals had their civil rights restored by the Governor. McDonnell granted civil rights restoration to 373 individuals who waited two years after their release from prison and 133 of them to those who waited five years. All felons convicted of non-violent offenses must wait two years after their release to apply while felons convicted of violent offenses must wait five years[1].

Civil rights that are restored under state law include all voting and jury service rights along with running for public office[1].

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