Civil rights restored for 800 formerly incarcerated Virginians ahead of midterm elections

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Governor Glenn Youngkin announced Friday that civil rights have been restored to more than 800 formerly incarcerated Virginians, who will now be able to vote in this year’s midterm elections.

According to a statement from the governor’s office released on Friday, October 21, rights were reinstated for those approved last week. This timetable ensured that those wishing to vote in the Nov. 8 election could register before the voter registration deadline, which was Monday, Oct. 17.

Anyone convicted of a crime in Virginia automatically loses their civil rights, including the right to vote, according to the Commonwealth Secretary. However, convicted felons may seek restoration of their civil rights by the governor upon release from their sentence.

“Second chances are essential to ensuring that Virginians who have made mistakes can move forward into a prosperous future,” Youngkin said in a statement. “I am proud of the efforts of these formerly incarcerated Virginians to regain their civil rights.”

Individuals who would like more information or who wish to apply for restoration of their rights, or who wish to check the status of their application for restoration of their rights, can visit

Although voter registration for this year’s general election closed on October 17, if you are not registered to vote, you can still request a ballot until Election Day. Voters who do so will simply receive a provisional ballot, which will be counted once their voter registration status is confirmed.

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