Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) announced Monday that he restored the voting rights of 13,000 felons as he sought to move past a state Supreme Court order that delayed his initial plans.
“This is an issue I have been passionate about for many, many years. I personally believe in the power of second chances and in the dignity and worth of every single human being,” he said Monday in Richmond.
“These individuals are gainfully employed, they send their children and their grandchildren to our schools, they shop in our grocery stores and they pay taxes. I am not content to condemn them for eternity as inferior, second-class citizens.”
The Virginia governor had sought to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 felons who had already served their time with an April executive order.
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SOURCE: The Hill, Evelyn Rupert