Constitutional amendment (first resolution); qualifications to vote; restoration of civil rights. (SJ243)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate

Description

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 felonies. The amendment retains the right of the Governor to restore civil rights to such persons. Read the Bill »

Status

01/31/2017: Incorporated into Another Bill

History

DateAction
12/27/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101023D
12/27/2016Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/20/2017Assigned to P&E sub: Constitutional Amendments
01/31/2017Incorporated by Privileges and Elections (SJ223-Norment) (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)

Comments

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

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports passage of legislation that permanently repeals the felon disenfranchisement provision in the Virginia Constitution and that would automatically restore the civil rights of Virginians convicted of a felony. Legislators should replace the provision with an affirmative right to vote for all Virginians who are citizens of voting age.

Wayne Moyer writes:

Felons retain their citizenship and should be encouraged to participate in civil life. Personally, I think incarcerated felons should also be allowed to vote.