Restoration of civil right to vote; felon eligible to vote upon completion of sentence. (HB556)

Introduced By

Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Restoration of civil rights. Provides for the automatic restoration of a felon's civil right to be eligible to vote upon the completion of his sentence, including any term of probation or parole, and the payment of all restitution, fines, costs, and fees assessed as a result of the felony conviction. The bill has a contingent effective date of January 1, 2017, provided that the voters approve an amendment to Section 1 of Article II of the Constitution of Virginia at the 2015 November election. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101665D
01/06/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/22/2014Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional Amendments
01/27/2014Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/2014Left in Privileges and Elections


ACLU-VA Voting Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports automatic restoration of civil rights, including the right to vote, for all individuals convicted of felonies, regardless of the type of felony. Virginia is one of only four states that permanently disenfranchises its citizens. More than 350,000 Virginians live in the community and pay taxes, but cannot vote despite fully completing their sentences.