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Terry McAuliffe stands onstage during a campaign rally in Dale City, Virginia, October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

Virginia Governor’s Bid To Restore Felon Voting Rights Advances

The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a Republican bid to have Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe held in contempt for his continued effort to restore voting rights to about 206,000 felons.

September 15, 2016
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe walks after a news conference at the Mariel port in Artemisa province, Cuba January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Enrique de la Osa

Virginia GOP Threaten Suit To Keep Felons From Voting

Governor Terry McAuliffe says rules keeping ex-convicts from voting are holdovers from the Civil War, designed to prevent blacks from going to the polls. But Republicans say the governor is overstepping his constitutional authority to help a longtime political ally and fellow Democrat, Hillary Clinton.

May 3, 2016

Voting Rights For Felons On The Table In Kentucky, Other States

By Jake Grovum, Stateline.org Kentucky could be heading for a historic change this year as it moves closer to abolishing its law banning felons from voting, thanks to a bipartisan effort in the state Capitol and a big assist from Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul. The state has long had among the most restrictive felon […]

February 25, 2014

U.S. Attorney General: Let Ex-Convicts Vote

Washington (AFP) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Tuesday argued convicts who have served their jail terms should have their civic rights re-instated, so they can vote and fully re-insert themselves in society. “Across this country today, an estimated 5.8 million Americans -– 5.8 million of our fellow citizens –- are prohibited from voting because […]

February 11, 2014