Restoration of civil right to vote; eligibility for persons convicted of nonviolent felonies. (HB107)

Introduced By

Del. Greg Habeeb (R-Salem)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Restoration of civil right to vote. Provides for the automatic restoration of the civil right to be eligible to register to vote 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 the payment of all restitution, fines, costs, and fees assessed as a result of the felony conviction. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/15/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101030D
12/15/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee Elections
01/14/2016Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee Elections
01/14/2016Assigned P & E sub:
01/20/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB107)
01/27/2016Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/16/2016Left in Privileges and Elections


ACLU-VA Legislative Agenda, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports legislation that repeals Virginia's felon disenfranchisement provision and automatically restores the civil rights of individuals convicted of a felony, without the condition of repayment of fines, fees, or restitution. Virginia's Jim Crow-era law, one of the worst in the nation, permanently bans over 472,000 individuals convicted of a felony from voting. Of these individuals, 350,000 live in communities, raise families, work, and pay taxes. African-Americans are disproportionately and unfairly impacted---20 % or 1 out of every 5 African Americans in Virginia is disenfranchised. Legislators should work together to permanently repeal this law.