Governor Changes Felon Voting Rights

By: Charles House II Email
By: Charles House II Email

Governor Terry McAuliffe recently changed the restricts for former felons to vote. Non-violent offenders can vote as soon as they have served their time, and violent offenders can vote in three years, rather than five.

This puts Virginia along side many other states looking to give felons their rights back after serving their sentence. We spoke with Rodney Lee Wood, a non-violent felon who was released more than ten years ago. He now lives crime-free and runs his own business. He tells us that a previous criminal's new life is all about earning trust.

"I think it's going to make us have the ability to be counted, be heard of who we'd like to have in office, as well. I think it'll be a good thing. Good opportunity, you know, it's like we have that trust again."

The new regulations are also supported by equal rights advocates. More than half of Virginia's current and released inmates are black, stripping around a fifth of the black population of voting rights.


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