Thursday, May 20, 2010

McDonnell makes improvements in restoration of felon voting rights

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell today announced his Administration’s streamlined restoration of rights procedures. Highlighted by a 60-day turnaround period on all completed applications compared to the previous standard of six months to one year or more.

The period for non-violent felons will be reduced from the current three years to two years.  McDonnell also announced his Administration has already acted upon nearly 200 applications. The Administration has also acted on 650 applications left over from the Kaine administration and will be completed by July 15th.

McDonnell noted, “I strongly believe the foremost obligation of any government is to provide for the security and protection of its citizens. When someone commits a crime they must be justly punished. However, once they have served their time and fully paid for the offenses they have committed, they should be afforded a clear and fair opportunity to resume their lives as productive members of our society.”

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli voiced his support for the Governor’s process, stating, “I have long endorsed making it easier for those who have turned their lives around to regain their place in society.”

Speaker of the House William J. Howell noted, “It’s but the latest of many ways in which our Governor is working diligently to reform and improve government and I believe these changes are a positive step forward.”

King Salim Khalfani, Executive Director Virginia State Conference NAACP commented, “Process is important, but results are even more important. The Virginia State Conference NAACP is encouraged that Governor McDonnell has already made a decision on the majority of completed applications submitted during the first few months of his Administration. “

The restoration of civil rights restores the right to vote, run for public office, serve on juries, and to serve as a notary public.

It does not restore the right to possess or transport any firearm or to carry a concealed weapon.

A restoration of rights does not expunge or remove any charges and/or convictions from a criminal record. 

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Crime, Politics, State Politics

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