Restore Voting Rights
It is possible for a registered offender to have their rights restored in Virginia.
Both Non-Violent and Violent classifications, it might just take a few years but it’s worth the wait.
Restore Our Vote, Virginia:
Felony Disfranchisement in Virginia
Emailfirstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com
- If you have been convicted of a non-violent felony and have been released from supervised probation for a minimum of three years, restoring your voting rights only requires the completion of a one-page application to the Secretary of the Commonwealth. In the end the Governor has sole discretion to decide whether or not to restore your rights.
- If you have been convicted of a violent felony, drug or election law offense and have been released from supervised probation for a minimum of five years a longer application to the Secretary of the Commonwealth is required. In the end the Governor has sole discretion to decide whether or not to restore your rights.
- You must have paid all costs and fines related to your conviction and any costs and fines from traffic court before your application will be considered. Also you cannot have a DWI conviction within the past five years immediately preceding your application.
To Apply to have your Civil Rights Restored, make your Request to the Secretary of the Commonwealth at: http://www.commonwealth.virginia.gov/JudicialSystem/Clemency/clemency.cfm. http://www.commonwealth.virginia.gov/JudicialSystem/Clemency/Gov-Letter-ROR.pdf
Restoration of Rights By State:
Advancement Project- Virginia
1220 L. St. NW, Suite 850
Washington DC, 20009
(202) 728-9557 ext. 339
- Richael Faithful- firstname.lastname@example.org
- Advancement Project’s Virginia Rights Restoration Project List of Contacts
CURE, Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants:
League of Women Voters of Virginia:
Missing Voter Project, Hampton Roads:
Step Up Incorporated:
The Rutherford Institute:
The Sentencing Project:
The Virginia Organizing Project:
Virginia Interfaith Center:
Virginia Poverty Law Center:
Reports and Studies:
- State-Level Estimates of Felon Disenfranchisement in the United States- 2010, by Christopher Uggen, Sarah Shannon and Jeff Manza, July 2012:
The report finds that in Virginia one in five African Americans has lost the right to vote because of a felony. That is one of the highest rates in the country and trails behind Florida (23%) and Kentucky (22%).
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