Blog of Rights


In the End, Gov. McDonnell Actually Improves Voting Rights for People with Felony Convictions in Virginia

By Kent Willis, ACLU of Virginia at 4:51pm
Remember when Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, after declaring April Confederate History Month and not mentioning slavery, messed up again by making Virginia's felony disfranchisement policy even stricter? Even though Virginia already has the harshest disfranchisement law in the nation -- barring people with felony convictions from voting for life unless they apply for restoration from the governor — McDonnell’s staff instructed those with non-violent convictions to explain in writing why the restoration of their voting rights was "justified."

A New Literacy Test in Virginia?

By Kent Willis, ACLU of Virginia at 12:28pm

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

It has recently come to light that after taking office, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell quietly instituted a new process to make it even harder for individuals with nonviolent felony convictions to have their voting…

In 2010, 300,000 Disfranchised Voters is Unacceptable

By Kent Willis, ACLU of Virginia at 11:41am

(Originally posted on Daily Kos.)

It's a new year and many of us are thinking about new beginnings, resolving to be more involved in our communities, and re-committing to doing right by our neighbors. And today, a group of organizations in…

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