The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that Gov. Terry McAuliffe doesn’t have the authority for a blanket restoration of voting rights to state residents with felony convictions, NPR reports.
In April, the governor had issued a sweeping executive order that affected 206,000 Virginians with felony convictions.
In response to the court’s ruling, Gov. McAuliffe vowed to restore individuals’ voting rights one by one.
“I will expeditiously sign nearly 13,000 individual orders to restore the fundamental rights of the citizens who have had their rights restored and registered to vote,” he said. “And I will continue to sign orders until I have completed restoration for all 200,000 Virginians.”
Read the full article on NPR.
April 11, 2022
#SecondChanceMonth: Unlock the Vote
Honoring April as Second Chance Month gives us an opportunity to check in on developments in voting rights and expanding the franchise to incarcerated voters. The Sentencing Project is working regularly with state and local campaigns to expand voting rights to justice impacted voters.
March 16, 2022
Opinion: Nearly 60 years after Voting Rights Act, some voter protections still undermined
Thousands of people in federal custody or who have been released still face roadblocks that prevent them from gaining full access to the ballot box. The Sentencing Project's Keeda Haynes penned an op-ed in USA Today that highlights the importance of universal suffrage.