Up to 10,000 eligible felons may get voting rights back in Virginia.
By Landmark News Service
Friday, July 26, 2013 at 6:00 am (Updated: July 26, 6:00 am)
If all goes according to plan, Gov. Bob McDonnell’s administration projects that over six months, it can restore voting rights to one in 10 eligible people who lost them to nonviolent felony convictions.
That bold undertaking, which could benefit 10,000 of an estimated 100,000 nonviolent felons who’ve completed their terms, is not without its challenges, though.
Chief among them is locating scores of Virginians who forfeited their rights to vote, a task complicated by a system of spotty electronic state records that go back only to 1995.
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