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Virginia Restores Voting Rights for 13,000 Residents
August 22, 2016

Virginia Restores Voting Rights for 13,000 Residents

One month after the Virginia Supreme Court overturned Governor Terry McAuliffe's blanket clemency order, the governor has announced that he has individually restored voting rights to 13,000 Virginians and is working on doing the same for a total of about 200,000 individuals.
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Disenfranchisement News: California bill would allow some voting in custody
August 08, 2016

Disenfranchisement News: California bill would allow some voting in custody

California considers a bill to allow some individuals to vote while in custody, the Virginia Supreme Court overturns Governor Terry McAuliffe’s executive order restoring voting rights to an estimated 200,000 Virginians who have completed their sentences, and more in our latest Disenfranchisement News.
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Marlo Hargrove and David Waller

Marlo Hargrove and David Waller both successfully regained their voting rights after receiving felony convictions and serving their sentences.
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Virginia Court Overturns Order That Restored Voting Rights To Felons
July 22, 2016

Virginia Court Overturns Order That Restored Voting Rights To Felons

In a 4-3 ruling, the Virginia Supreme Court decided that Gov. Terry McAuliffe doesn't have the authority for a blanket restoration of voting rights to state residents with felony convictions.
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Disenfranchisement News: Virginia GOP files suit to block 200K people from voting
June 16, 2016

Disenfranchisement News: Virginia GOP files suit to block 200K people from voting

Virginia GOP says the governor's executive order to restore voting rights to 200K people is unconstitutional, D.C. makes voting easier in jail, and more in Disenfranchisement News.
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Denver Schimming

As a previously incarcerated person who had his voting rights restored in 1996, Denver Schimming knew the power and importance of voting. His years in prison taught him that the criminal justice system could change only if impacted people spoke out. After his incarceration, voting was one of his highest priorities.
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Voting Rights for Individuals with Felony Convictions
May 18, 2016

Voting Rights for Individuals with Felony Convictions

Marc Mauer
Voting is a fundamental right of democracy that should include all individuals, including those with felony convictions.
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Debate Over Restoring Voting Rights to People with Felony Convictions
May 12, 2016

Debate Over Restoring Voting Rights to People with Felony Convictions

The Sentencing Project's Executive Director Marc Mauer discusses the Virginia governor's recent move to restore rights to 200,000 residents and the national context of disenfranchisement reform on the Diane Rehm Show.
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Andres Idarraga

After his release in June of 2004, Andres Idarraga became a full-time student at Brown University studying comparative literature and economics while maintaining full-time employment. Idarraga saw his right to vote as a significant and crucial aspect to rebuilding his life and to contributing to his community.
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May 10, 2016

Felony Disenfranchisement: A Primer

A striking 5.85 million Americans are prohibited from voting due to laws that disenfranchise citizens convicted of felony offenses. Felony disenfranchisement rates vary by state, as states institute a wide range of disenfranchisement policies.
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Virginia Republicans Weigh Court Challenge to Voting Rights
May 03, 2016

Virginia Republicans Weigh Court Challenge to Voting Rights

Republican state legislators in Virginia said they are considering a court challenge to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s decision to restore voting rights to residents with former felony convictions, the New York Times reports.
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Kimberly Haven

Kimberly Haven’s journey as an advocate began when she sought to regain her own voting rights after release from a Maryland prison in 2001. She soon became passionate about the unfairness of disenfranchising citizens after they have completed their sentence and returned to the community.
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State Advocacy Update: Fair Housing Guidance Offers Opportunity for State and Local Advocacy
April 28, 2016

State Advocacy Update: Fair Housing Guidance Offers Opportunity for State and Local Advocacy

Advocates in Kansas City and New Orleans are addressing automatic housing bans in private and public housing.
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Disenfranchisement News: Virginia Gov. McAuliffe Enacts Historic Voting Rights Restoration
April 26, 2016

Disenfranchisement News: Virginia Gov. McAuliffe Enacts Historic Voting Rights Restoration

Virginia restores voting rights to 200K people, Maryland grassroots organization brings new voters to the polls and more in our latest Disenfranchisement News.
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