This week, Virginia took a major step for people with felony convictions’ voting rights with Governor Bob McDonnell’s announcement that the state will restore voting rights for nonviolent felons who have already completed their sentences. Currently, the state constitution requires a person with a felony conviction to apply in writing to the governor after a prescribed waiting period to regain their right to vote.
During Wednesday’s first full day of session, the Virginia General Assembly was addressed by Governor Bob McDonnell. During a speech which touched on transportation and education, the Governor made a point to discuss felon disenfranchisement and the need to make the restoration of voting rights automatic for non-violent felons.
The primary season recently brought an onslaught of television commercials to the DC television market. The Maryland and DC primaries allowed those of us in Virginia to view some of the television ads which we had been spared in light of the less than full presidential primary ballots for our own election. One ad that recently aired stood out to me, as it focused on an often overlooked area of election law.