VIRGINIA BRIEFING

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

VIRGINIA

Streamlined Process Helps Many Felons Be Voters Again

Since 2002, almost 6,000 nonviolent felons in Virginia have regained their voting rights. Felons in Virginia are barred from voting for life unless a governor restores their voting rights.

The Sentencing Project said former governor Mark R. Warner (D) restored the voting rights of 3,414 nonviolent felons during his term from 2002 to 2006. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) has restored the voting rights of 2,576 nonviolent felons in the first three years of his term.

Warner streamlined the process for nonviolent felons to regain voting rights. Paperwork was reduced, and the waiting period was reduced from five years to three years.

-- Associated Press

HIGHER EDUCATION

Federal Grant to Provide Help To Low-Income Students

Virginia has won a $1.1 million federal grant to increase college access for students from low-income families.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia will administer the yearlong program funded by the U.S. Department of Education's College Access Challenge Grant Program.

Information and services will be provided to help students and their families plan for their education after graduating from high school.


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