NAACP Applauds Virginia Rights Restoration Efforts

(WASHINGTON) – The NAACP released the following statement in response to Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's announcement regarding his plan of implementation for automatically restoring voting rights to people convicted of non-violent offenses who have completed their sentences:

From Jotaka Eaddy, NAACP Sr. Director for Voting Rights:
“Automatic restoration of rights for Virginian’s with nonviolent felony convictions is an important step in ensuring that those who have paid their debt to society are able to exercise their right to vote,” said Jotaka Eaddy, NAACP Senior Director for Voting Rights. “Moving forward, we will work with partner organizations and groups to ensure that outreach is done and communities are aware of the new changes.  We applaud Gov. McDonnell for taking on this important effort.”

In May, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell granted restoration of rights for Virginian’s with nonviolent felony convictions who had completed all the terms of their sentence. The NAACP has worked with Gov, McDonnell for several years on restoration of voting rights.

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