Constitutional amendment; restoration of civil rights. (HJ25)

Introduced By

Del. Peter Farrell (R-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first resolution); restoration of voting rights. Provides for the automatic restoration of voting rights to persons convicted of nonviolent felonies (excepting felony drug and election fraud crimes) upon completion of sentence, including any term of probation or parole, and payment in full of any restitution, fines, costs, and fees. The amendment further provides that persons convicted of violent felonies, felony drug crimes, or election fraud crimes may have their voting rights restored by the Governor or other appropriate authority. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/23/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100902D
12/23/2013Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
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.