Urge Governor Youngkin: Honor tradition and restore voting rights
Currently, people with a felony conviction only have one way to gain access to the ballot box – through a governor's restoration of their rights. Since 2013, Virginia's governors – regardless of party – have consistently restored the right to vote to people who have served their time and earned a second chance to participate in our democracy.
But since assuming office in January, Governor Youngkin has yet to restore voting rights to any returning Virginians. Denying formerly incarcerated people from fully investing in society creates a culture of civic apathy and doesn’t take advantage of the contributions of all Virginians. Without this critical right, people who are contributing members of our society cannot have a say in their government or the laws and policies that impact them every day – that's wrong.
It is concerning that Governor Youngkin has yet to restore rights to people who have served their time – many who've been in the process since the beginning of the year. When he assumed the role of leadership, he promised to be a governor that would serve all Virginians. That should include people who have served their time and are waiting to get their right to vote back.