Back in June, The Hill ran a story about the Iowa governor preparing to sign an Executive Order restoring rights to convicted felons. I posted it here to ensure that I was accurate in saying that is not true, as Virginia still requires individual application for rights restoration. A nice exchange of thoughts and information followed.
Today, The Hill ran a story saying the EO had been signed, but was again reported as the “last state” to do so. I recalled the earlier discussion here and decided to email the editors @ The Hill. Here is what I sent:
“With regards to this story:
The Commonwealth of Virginia still requires felons to apply to the governor’s office, through the Secretary of State for restoration of rights. There was a similar story in June about this signing and I researched and discussed on a local forum the veracity of the story, i.e. Iowa being the last state to restore felon voting rights. (Link to forum discussion here : https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/91909204/posts/2760963480)
During Terry McAuliffe’s term as governor, he did sign an Executive Order with a blanket restoration of rights for felons. It was challenged by the GOP State Legislature and the EO was overturned by the State Supreme Court. This could be the reason why your reporter is saying such.
PLEASE have the reporter, Ms. Coleman, research this a little better.
Thank you for your time.”
Just over 10 minutes after I sent my email, I recevied this reply:
“Thank you for bringing this to our attention. This post has been updated. ” And it was.
So, yes, I am blowing my own horn just a touch. But it also brings up that we should not be silent with regards to media inaccuracies and should point them out when caught. They may not always reply as quickly, and they may believe their information is accurate. But we do have a responsibility to call out mistakes when they happen. Be it from the media or the one’s they cover.