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Non-violent felons in Virginia now have right to vote

By Julie Newman
Published On: Jul 15 2013 09:38:56 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 15 2013 04:12:58 PM CDT
VOTING
RICHMOND, Va. -

The door is open for tens of thousands of non-violent felons in Virginia to regain their right to vote.

On Monday we learned the state outlined the steps each will have to take to cast a ballot in future elections.

We found out an estimated 100,000 disenfranchised felons are eligible.

Governor Bob McDonnell announced the mass restoration of voting and other civil rights in May.

The task, however, will not be an easy one. The state has no database of past felons and no electronic records were kept before 1995.

The state is hiring four workers to assist with the restoration of rights and relying on advocates to spread the word.