“McDonnell to speed rights process for nonviolent felons”

Richmond Times-Dispatch:

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….

McDonnell administration officials said the governor’s action meshes with the parameters Cuccinelli discussed, because the governor is not enacting a blanket restoration, but a dramatically expedited process for individual nonviolent felons.



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