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Podcast: Felons and the right to vote

May 19, 2016 by NCC Staff


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On April 22, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe ordered the restoration of voting rights for more than 200,000 Virginia residents with past criminal convictions. The governor’s order applies to all violent and nonviolent offenders who have served their full prison sentence and completed parole or probation.

Opponents have called the move a “reckless abuse of executive power” motivated by partisan politics. The Virginia Republican Party is expected to file a lawsuit challenging the order.

Joining We the People to parse the fascinating debate over the restoration of felon voting rights are two leading experts on the issue.

Roger Clegg is President and General Counsel of the Center for Equal Opportunity.Erika Wood is Professor of Law and Director of the Voting Rights & Civic Participation Project at New York Law School.Download this episode (right click and save)

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