Former Gov. Bob McDonnell raised the bar for restoring voting rights to nonviolent felons who served their sentences, far outpacing his predecessors’ efforts.
By the time he left office, the Republican had streamlined one of the most cumbersome state systems in the U.S. and given 8,137 people the ability to vote, serve on a jury, work as a notary public and run for public office.
His successor, Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, has maintained that momentum in his first three months in office, restoring rights to 838 people as of last week.