Report: 350,000 Virginians can’t vote because of felony convictions

Posted at 5:46 PM, Jul 13, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-13 18:14:00-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – A new report says more than 350,000 Virginians can’t vote because of felony convictions.

The study, released by the Sentencing Project, found that nearly 6 million adults in America can’t vote because they are felons. And it hits African Americans harder than any other race. In Virginia, 20%, or one in five blacks can’t vote. Critics say that’s drastic considering Virginia is a battleground state.

Currently in Virginia, state law says only the Governor can restore voting rights of those convicted of felonies.