McAuliffe to Soften Voting Restrictions for Felons
Those convicted of felony crimes lose their voting rights, but Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is making it easier for felons to regain them. He has announced that he’s reducing the waiting period for violent felons to apply for reinstatement from five years to three years. He is also removing drug offenses from the list of violent crimes that are subject to the waiting period. The changes build on his predecessors’ efforts to streamline the process.