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Governor McAuliffe leads restoration of rights roundtable in Norfolk

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Posted at 9:11 AM, Jun 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-28 09:47:57-04

NORFOLK, Va. – Governor Terry McAuliffe is holding a roundtable to discuss the restoration of rights of more than 200,000 felons in Virginia.

The governor signed the executive order restoring the rights in April.

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.

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