Voting

McDonnell Initiative Moves Forward
7:07 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Governor Expedites Rights Restoration Process

Although the General Assembly this year shot down one opportunity for Governor McDonnell to fulfill a campaign promise to restore the voting and civil rights of nonviolent felons, the Governor has found a way to sidestep lawmakers and make progress toward that goal.  A day after Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli unveiled his advisory report on the issue, McDonnell announced his own initiative. 

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Government & Politics
7:02 am
Wed May 29, 2013

The Debate Continues Over Felon Voting Rights

Felon Voting Rights

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has unveiled a list of options that would expedite the process of voting-rights restoration for non-violent felons. 

The proposals were made by a bipartisan advisory panel he created after a rights-restoration amendment to the state Constitution that he endorsed failed to pass the General Assembly this year. 

And as Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, the Attorney General says Governors can and should do more to intervene.

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Government & Politics
4:20 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Voter Registration Oversight

Governor McDonnell has signed two bills into law that require more rigorous oversight of Virginia’s voter registration rolls. 

He also signed a third law to require voters to present photo IDs at the polls, which would take effect in 2014.  

This month, a former Maryland congressional candidate, Wendy Rosen, pleaded guilty to voting illegally in Maryland in two elections. She had also voted in Florida.  A new Virginia law will make it harder to vote in two states, says the bill’s sponsor, Delegate Rob Bell.

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Government & Politics
4:29 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Residency Requirements for Petition Circulators

The ACLU and the Libertarian Party have teamed up against Virginia to block a state law that requires candidate-petition circulators to be residents of the Commonwealth. 

A federal judge has already ruled in favor of the ACLU-Libertarian position.  ACLU attorneys believe if the state wins this appeal, it could prevent third-parties from gaining ground in the Commonwealth.

The Virginia Attorney General's office argued that allowing out-of-state residents to circulate petitions to get candidates on the ballot could open the floodgates for election fraud.  

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Government & Politics
5:10 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

VA Sen. Mark Obenshain's Legislation

Mark Obenshain

Some of the laws that passed during this year's General Assembly session did so with little fanfare. Others gained lots of attention initially but received little follow-up—and one lawmaker sponsored two such bills.  While you may not hear much about them now, they're likely to become hot topics in the near future since that lawmaker is running for higher office.

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