The process of restoring felons’ constitutional rights could be improved by designating an executive branch agency to handle all the legwork, a committee appointed by Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli said in a report released Tuesday.
Two civil rights groups are urging Gov. Bob McDonnell to sign an executive order restoring the voting rights of about 350,000 felons who have completed their sentences.
A proposed constitutional amendment that would allow for the civil rights of nonviolent felons to be restored by law rather than solely by gubernatorial fiat has won Senate passage.
The Virginia Senate will consider legislation backed by Gov. Bob McDonnell to automatically restore nonviolent felons’ voting rights after the measure won a committee’s endorsement Tuesday.