Virginia: McAuliffe widens felon voting rights restoration | Daily Press

June 26, 2015

Felons who’ve served their time and want their voting rights restored won’t have to pay outstanding court costs anymore as part of the deal, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday. The governor compared the long-standing requirement to a poll tax, as did the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, which had called for the change. The legal system will still require people to pay these fines, fees and restitution, McAuliffe said, but failure to do so won’t keep people from voting. With the announcement, the governor signed restorations for three people, including Eric Branch of Richmond.

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