Regarding the May 29 editorial “A stain on Virginia’s democracy”:

There are legitimate reasons for disenfranchising felons and for waiting to ensure that they have really turned over a new leaf before restoring their right to vote. Those who are unwilling to follow the law cannot claim a right to help make it for everyone else.

We have certain minimum, objective standards of responsibility, trustworthiness and commitment to our laws that must be met before entrusting someone with a role in the solemn enterprise of self-government. Children, noncitizens, the clinically insane and people who commit serious crimes against their fellow citizens don’t meet those standards.

Roger Clegg, Falls Church

The writer is president and general counsel of the Center for Equal Opportunity.