Activists Await Details of Rights Restoration Plan - ABC 8NEWS - WRIC | Richmond, Virginia News & Weather

Activists Await Details of Rights Restoration Plan

Posted: Updated:

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Advocates for inmates and for civil rights cheered Gov. Bob McDonnell's May announcement that he would automatically restore the voting rights of nonviolent felons. Now some are worried that the impact might not be as great as they thought - at least not right away. Others say they're just glad progress is being made.
    
Officials are expected to announce details of the program Monday, the day it takes effect.
    
McDonnell originally said 100,000 disenfranchised felons might be added to the voter rolls. Advocates are bracing for the likelihood that only a fraction of that number will have their rights restored in time to vote in November. Part of the concern stems from McDonnell's decision to reclassify burglary and breaking and entering as violent crimes. Activists hope he'll change his mind.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Powered by WorldNow

301 Arboretum Place, Richmond
VA, 23236

Telephone: 804.330.8888
Fax: 804.330.8881
Email: news@wric.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.