Virginia Just Restored Thousands Of Ex-Prisoners' Voting Rights
Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants ex-prisoners to be able to vote in this year's presidential election.By Grant Suneson | August 22, 2016
Lines for voting booths in Virginia may be a little bit longer this year after Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the state restored voting rights for 13,000 felons.
But that's not initially what McAuliffe wanted. In April, he used an executive order to make 206,000 Virginians who had served their prison and probation sentences eligible to vote.
McAuliffe said, "They send their children and their grandchildren to our schools. They shop at our grocery stores, and they pay taxes. And I am not content to condemn them for eternity as inferior, second-class citizens."