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Kaine won't order restored voting rights for Va. ex-felons

On his last day in office, Gov. Tim Kaine will not issue an order for blanket restoration of voting rights for Virginia felons, writes Rosalind Helderman on The Post's Virginia Politics blog:

In a letter sent to the ACLU's executive director today, Kaine reiterated his longstanding opinion on the issue: He supports changing Virginia law to prevent a felony conviction from resulting in premanent disenfranchisement and he backs restoring rights to as many people as possible. But he believes the constitution bars him from issuing a blanket restoration of rights and, instead, he can only act to restore rights to individuals who apply.

Read the full post on the blog.

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 15, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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