Constitutional amendment; qualifications to vote, restoration of civil rights (first reference). (SJ12)

Introduced By

Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first resolution); qualifications to vote; restoration of civil rights. Authorizes the General Assembly to provide by law for the restoration of civil rights for persons convicted of nonviolent felonies who have completed service of their sentences subject to the conditions, requirements, and definitions set forth in that law. The present Constitution provides for restoration of rights by the Governor. The amendment retains the right of the Governor to restore civil rights and adds an alternative for restoration of rights pursuant to law for nonviolent felons. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/23/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101478D
12/23/2015Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/19/2016Continued to 2017 in Privileges and Elections (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
12/02/2016Left in Privileges and Elections

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SJ222.


Lisa Beverly writes:

Voting rights are sacred. If a felon had served his time, he should be able to vote. Support SJ 222
I am a resident of Richmond.