Did I miss something?


According to this story, Iowa “is the sole remaining state that requires felons to apply individually to the governor’s office to have their voting rights restored.” McCauliffe tried to do that here, but the GOP sued and the Supreme Court overturned the EO. Was the law passed during the last session that changed things in VA?

I know I could probably look it up, but wanted to generate conversation as well as let my more learned brothers and sisters here fill me in.

10 thoughts on “Did I miss something?

  1. According to the Commonwealth’s Secretary of State website:

    Anyone convicted of a felony in Virginia automatically loses their civil rights – the right to vote, serve on a jury, run for office, become a notary public and carry a firearm. The Constitution of Virginia gives the Governor the sole discretion to restore civil rights, not including firearm rights. Individuals seeking restoration of their civil rights are encouraged to contact the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office


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  2. Article II. Franchise and Officers
    Section 1. Qualifications of voters

    In elections by the people, the qualifications of voters shall be as follows: Each voter shall be a citizen of the United States, shall be eighteen years of age, shall fulfill the residence requirements set forth in this section, and shall be registered to vote pursuant to this article. No person who has been convicted of a felony shall be qualified to vote unless his civil rights have been restored by the Governor or other appropriate authority. As prescribed by law, no person adjudicated to be mentally incompetent shall be qualified to vote until his competency has been reestablished.

    This is where it states the Governor restores rights (felons). Also…who is considered to be ‘other appropriate authority’?

    Either this is going to require a constitutional amendment, or, our Delegates & Senators (Attorney General?) are going to need to “qualify in law” who else is authorized to restore rights.

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    1. “… unless his civil rights have been restored by the Governor or other appropriate authority.”

      Nothing says the Governor can’t issue a blanket restoration. Or, conversely, that the restorations have to granted individually.


      1. Len, McCauliffe tried that during his term and because the GOP was so afraid of felons voting democrat, they sued and won to stop the EA issued.

        Funny thing is, according to anecdotal evidence, the majority of felons that would have their rights restored AND were more likely to vote are those who lean conservative in their politics. Kind of the way mail-in voting would have as much effect on GOP candidates as it would on Democratic ones. The GOP shoots itself in the foot again.


      2. The Commonwealth of Virginia’s Constitution states:

        ‘No person who has been convicted of a felony shall be qualified to vote unless his civil rights have been restored by the Governor or other appropriate authority.’

        It’s describing a singular individual (not groups) who has met the requirements. Like stayed out of trouble, paid court costs and restitution, etc.

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          1. There’s nothing that says the governor can do it that way as well.

            Virginia’s governor can restore 4 rights (voting, run for/hold public office, serve on juries and be a notary public) to convicted felons.

            Consider the process that each felon must go through and what the Secretary of State does to process their requests.

            The reasoning behind that process is because there are different classes of felonies (violent and nonviolent).

            What Governor McAuliffe did was to restore 4 rights (voting, run for/hold public office, serve on juries and be notary public)…en masse without review.

            As much as I understand his reasoning? It wasn’t well thought out.
            When it comes to:
            -voting right? Should be automatic (but the state constitution must be amended and other laws modified to reflect that);
            -run for/hold public office? That’s something I’m going to consider because far too many vote for letter between the parenthesis after the candidate’s name and not the candidate.
            -serve on juries? I really haven’t thought about that much;
            -be a notary public? Never! See this link:

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  3. The Hill got it wrong, but…
    the author, in researching, may have come up with McCauliffe’s EO, and said, “Okay, not Virginia,” without discovering the reversal. Let’s face it. If you use these interwebby things, it’s search twice and cut (&paste) like mad.

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  4. Thank you compatriots.

    Craig, I saw the same thing you pointed out from Commonwealth SECSTATE site. I do wonder who the “other appropriate authority” would be. And I agree with a Constitutional amendment is the only way to truly quantify the process.

    Nancy, spot on and thanks for the smile.

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