Constitutional amendment; qualifications of voters, restoration of rights. (SJ59)

Introduced By

Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first resolution); qualifications of voters; automatic restoration of civil rights. Provides for the automatic restoration of civil rights for persons convicted of felonies upon completion of their sentences. The present Constitution provides for restoration of rights by the Governor, and the amendment retains this right. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103857D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/21/2020Continued to 2021 in Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Chris DeRosa writes:

Virginia is one of 20 states that prevent people with felony convictions from voting until after they have completed probation and all supervision, AND the Governor provides for restoration of civil rights.
Virginia needs to change this disenfranchisement of returning citizens, mostly people of color.
Let Virginians vote!Make restoration of rights automatic! Upon completion of prison/jail sentence.