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13K Felons in Virginia Now Have Voting Rights

Governor is restoring rights case by case

(Newser) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's autopen has had a busy month. The Democrat announced Monday that he has signed papers restoring voting rights to 13,000 former felons, and he's working on restoring rights to up to 193,000 more, reports the Virginian-Pilot . McAuliffe signed an order in April... More »

Virginia Ditches Civil War-Era Rule, Lets Felons Vote

Gov. Terry McAuliffe restoring rights to felons

(Newser) - Since the Civil War, convicted felons in Virginia have been stripped of their right to vote. That will change Friday as Gov. Terry McAuliffe signs an executive order restoring the voting rights of some 206,000 nonviolent and violent felons, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch . They'll also be able to... More »

140K Kentucky Felons Now Have the Right to Vote

Steven Beshear wants to help nonviolent felons transition back into regular life

(Newser) - Only three states have a lifetime voting ban for all felons who can't get a gubernatorial exemption, and now that number's been knocked down to two. As one of his last moves in office, outgoing Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear signed an executive order Tuesday that grants voting rights... More »

Bob McDonnell May Lose Pension Under Law He Signed

Former Virginia governor is now a felon

(Newser) - New felon Bob McDonnell might have a much lighter wallet thanks to a bill that he signed into law in his former life as a governor. As CBS 6 explains, the 2011 Virginia law prohibits state employees from collecting their pensions if convicted of a felony. The misdeed must... More »

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