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VOTING RIGHTS McDonnell urged to order rights restoration

Advocates for nonviolent felons say it’s time for action by McDonnell

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  • Gov. Bob McDonnell

    Gov. Bob McDonnell has restored the rights to more felons than any of his predecessors.

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 12:00 am

Following a failed legislative effort to automatically restore voting rights to nonviolent felons, advocates are urging Gov. Bob McDonnell to do it himself.

Several groups are calling on McDonnell — who backed the legislative effort — to use his executive powers to grant a blanket restoration to felons who have served their sentences. They have launched an online pledge to rally support and tout recent polling on the issue.

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