Virginians convicted of non-violent felonies to automatically get voting rights back

Posted at 11:51 PM, May 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-29 23:51:22-04

For two centuries, Virginians who’ve committed crimes haven’t automatically been allowed to vote even after they’ve served their time for non-violent offenses.

But now that’s a thing of the past.

All Virginians who have been convicted of a non-violent felony and have completed their incarceration probation or parole and have no pending felony charges will have their voting rights automatically and individually restored right away.

Beginning July 15, non-violent felons who walk out of prison automatically get their right to vote back.

They no longer have to endure a 2-year waiting process.