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Richmond, VA- Governor Terry R. McAuliffe released a statement on Wednesday that his administration in the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office has granted the rights of 2,500 felons in Virginia. Also, congratulations to all stakeholders like the Advancement Project, Bridging the Gap in Virginia, Rolling For Freedom-VA and a host of others who working diligently on the restorative justice process.

Rolling For Freedom-VA specializing in voter education, empowerment and restoration of rights for ex-offenders believes in second chances for citizens in the Virginia.

Governor Terry McAuliffe Announces A Restoration of Rights Update:

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that his administration has restored the voting rights of more than 2,500 Virginians who were convicted of a felony, served their time and paid their debts to society. 

“Virginians who have served their time deserve a second chance to become productive members of society again,” said Governor McAuliffe. “I am proud of the reforms my administration has undertaken to expand and expedite the rights restoration process and the work my team has done restoring Virginians’ voting rights so former offenders can lead successful, productive lives here in the Commonwealth.”

In April Governor McAuliffe announced changes to the Commonwealth’s restoration of rights policies that made the process more transparent and reduced the waiting period for offenders with more serious offenses to have their rights automatically restored.

“Restoration of voting rights is a key step for people who have paid their debt to society and want to build new lives for themselves here in the Virginia,” said Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney. “Governor McAuliffe instructed my team and me to make this a top priority, and we are working every day to process applications quickly and transparently so that these Virginians can contribute to their communities through the restoration of their civil rights.”

 If eligible, start the process of getting your rights restored for non-violent felony convictions online here. For offenses considered violent you can print an application, fill it out, and mail it to the Secretary of the Commonwealth office.

Rolling For Freedom’s next rolling rally stop is Friday, August 8, 2014 at Craigland Hair Affair 109 West Brookland Park Boulevard, Richmond, VA. Register to vote, get updates on the new voter ID and start the process for restoration of rights for felony offenses. The presenter is Garry Ellis, Voter Registration Coordinator for the Department of Elections, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Secretary of the Commonwealth and member of Rolling For Freedom.