Virginia Ramps up Restoration of Voting Rights for Some Ex-Felons

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell could restore the voting rights of 10,000 nonviolent ex-felons by the end of his term — nearly twice as many as he has granted in 3½ years in office, administration officials said Monday.
July 16, 2013

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell could restore the voting rights of 10,000 nonviolent ex-felons by the end of his term — nearly twice as many as he has granted in 3½ years in office, administration officials said Monday.

But because Virginia does not have a statewide felon database or electronic records before 1995, the administration faces an uphill battle over the next six months to locate the thousands of ex-felons scattered across the commonwealth. To help, the state has added resources and advocacy groups are expected to guide people through the process.

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