Gov. McAuliffe restores voting rights to 200,000 Virginia felons

Posted at 10:52 AM, Apr 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-22 11:37:25-04

RICHMOND, Va. – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Friday that he will be signing an order that restores the rights of more than 200,000 felons in Virginia.

Those rights include the right to vote, right to sit on a jury and the right to serve in an elected office.

Virginia is one of ten states that do not automatically restore the rights after they complete their sentences. The new order applies to both non-violent and violent felons.

“Virginia cannot achieve its full potential until all men and women are eligible for this fundamental right,” McAuliffe said.

More information on the announcement will be added as it is released.