Friday, April 22, 2016

Virginia Governor McAuliffe Signs Order for One-Time Mass & Automatic Restoration of Rights: Effective Today "Any felon who has completed any term of incarceration and completed any period of supervised release, probation or parole, for any and all felony convictions" Can VOTE!

Attention Readers! The below news is HUGE. 

As of noon today, ANY Virginia RSO convicted of a felony who lost their voting rights who is NOT under VA-DOC Probation can NOW vote in the next election, become a notary OR sit on a jury. The “hold an elected office” portion of today’s Governors Order doesn’t apply to most RSO’s. 

If you want your firearms rights restored you’ll still have to apply and wait to be approved or denied for that. 

If you are not a registered voter you need to take this opportunity and register. 

Now when you contact your Virginia Delegate, Senator and Governor you can proudly say you aren’t just a constituent but you are a voter! 

Don’t waste this opportunity…….. Embrace it and utilize it. 

You are no longer disenfranchised, Congratulations! 

Mary Devoy


McAuliffe to sign order restoring rights to 206,000 felons, April 22, 2016
By Jim Nolan

Gov. Terry McAuliffe this morning will sign an order that effectively restores the civil rights, including the right to vote, of more than 200,000 felons in Virginia. 

The unprecedented move, expected to be announced at an 11 a.m. news conference on Capitol Square, marks a dramatic expansion of policy in restoring the right to vote, to sit on a jury, to serve in elected office or become a notary.

Today's order applies to nonviolent and violent felons - a significant departure from a policy embraced in recent years by Democrat and Republican governors to remove the societal obstacles felons face upon completing their sentences.

The order by McAuliffe, a friend and supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton, is likely to boost Democrats' chances in what will be a key presidential swing state in November. 

"Under the Constitution of Virginia, the governor has the authority to 'remove political disabilities consequent upon conviction' for felonies'," according to a confidential draft of research for the order obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. 

"Using this authority, the governor has issued an order restoring civil rights to a large number of Virginians currently disenfranchised for a felony conviction." 

The order, effective today, applies to "any felon who has completed any term of incarceration and completed any period of supervised release, probation or parole, for any and all felony convictions." 

The administration estimates the order will affect 206,000 felons in Virginia who have completed their sentences but who have not yet applied to have their rights restored. 

McAuliffe is also expected to issue periodic orders restoring rights to people who have completed the terms of their incarceration and any periods of supervised release after April 22.


Virginia Governor Restoring Voting Rights to Felons, April 22, 2016

About 200,000 convicted felons in Virginia will now have the right to vote in November, April 22, 2016