Around the office, we often ask, “Would this happen if Trump was still president?” And, while this is mostly a state issue, we’re convinced that if President Trump was still in office he would’ve done everything in his power to prevent this from happening. Do you agree or disagree?
“Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Tuesday restored voting and other civil rights to former felons upon completion of their sentence, according to an announcement from the governor’s office,” according to The Hill.
“The new criteria makes Virginians convicted of felonies eligible to vote immediately upon release from prison, even if they remain on community supervision. [emphasis added]
“Northam’s executive action reverses previous Virginia law, which stated that anyone convicted of a felony in the state would permanently lose their right to vote, serve on a jury, run for office, become a public notary or carry a firearm.
“Northam’s policy change has restored these rights to more than 69,000 Virginians, according to the release. [emphasis added]
“‘Too many of our laws were written during a time of open racism and discrimination, and they still bear the traces of inequity,’ Northam said.”
For more on this report, go to The Hill.
Please share your thoughts in the comment section. Do you agree or disagree with felons having their voting rights restored?
The new criteria makes Virginians convicted of felonies eligible to vote immediately upon release from prison, even if they remain on community supervision. https://t.co/xOwUGnXQ4C
— The Hill (@thehill) March 16, 2021