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Report on restoring felons' rights set for release

Published On: May 28 2013 03:23:26 AM CDT
Updated On: May 28 2013 04:41:02 PM CDT
RICHMOND, Va. -

A committee appointed by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to examine the procedure for restoring felons' voting rights has completed its work.    

Cuccinelli is scheduled to release the Rights Restoration Advisory Committee's report Tuesday.       

The Republican candidate for governor formed the seven-member panel in March to determine whether the procedure for restoring felons' rights can be revised without amending the Virginia Constitution.       

Legislative proposals to automatically restore nonviolent felons' rights have failed repeatedly, most recently in the 2013 General Assembly. Those efforts have focused on amending the constitution, which says felons cannot vote unless their civil rights have been restored by the governor "or other appropriate authority."