Who Are The 450,000?

Democrats and Republicans. Conservatives and Liberals. Young and the very old. Male and female. White, Black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American.

1 of 14 adults you see today is disenfranchised. Almost 7% of Virginia citizens have lost the right to vote or serve on a jury.

Until 2014 these people were disenfranchised for life.

In 2016 they can have their civil rights restored.

Please tell our senior citizens they can vote. Some seniors have been disenfranchised for 60 years or more. Please help them to restore their civil rights, register to vote and bring them to the polls. Virginia needs their wisdom.

These steps will restore political rights. A restored citizen can vote, serve on a Jury, hold public office and serve as a Notary Public.

For information on restoring your second amendment (gun) rights - see FAQ's below.

Civil Rights In Virginia in 2016

Virginia has 450,000 disenfranchised citizens. Almost 7% of  citizens have lost their right to vote, hold office or sit on a jury.

286,213 registered voters have no DMV ID to vote with. (Virginia Department of Elections).

Restoration of Civil Rights - A Bipartisan Effort

Governor Mark Warner (D) streamlined the restoration process for non-violent offenders.

Governor Bob McDonnell (R) ended permanent disenfranchisement by automatically restoring rights upon release to non-violent offenders.

Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) streamlined restoration for violent offenders. He reclassified drug offenses from "violent" to "non-violent", helping hundreds of thousands to regain their rights faster and easier.

These are historic steps in Virginias' long road to bring equality and civil rights to all of her citizens.


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Old Arrest?  You Can Vote!
You Qualify To Restore Your Civil Rights

Drug Arrest?   Non-violent Conviction?

Click The Bar Below. Apply To Restore Your Civil Rights Now.

Drug arrests are now non-violent convictions. You qualify to apply online.
(Possession - Distribution - Manufacturing - Intent to Distribute - Accommodating the Sale)

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Violent Conviction? 
Follow The Directions Below.

Restoration of Rights takes 2-12 months. Then you can register to vote.

About the Rights Restoration Process:
Persons who have been convicted of a violent offense, an offense against a minor, or an election law offense must use the paper application process above to apply for restoration of rights. [ That is the application process listed above for Violent Conviction ].

A list of more serious offenses is available at www.commonwealth.virginia.gov/ror. ( Click the button immediately above to visit the page (Visit The Virginia State Restoration of Rights for Violent Offenders Page).

To Apply for Restoration Of Rights, You Must:
• Have been convicted of a felony in a Virginia court or a U.S. District court.
• Not have any felony convictions in the 3 years immediately preceding the application and/or pending criminal charges.
• The Secretary of the Commonwealth will conduct a criminal history check on all applicants.
• The restoration of rights does not restore the right to possess a firearm. This is not a pardon. If you have questions about your eligibility, contact the Restoration of Rights Office at (804) 692-0104.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I get my rights back for a felony offense?

A: Non-violent offenders and Drug Offenders are qualified upon release. You can apply online now. Use the button link at the top of this page.

All felony offenders are qualified to apply for Restoration of Rights 3 years after release from probation /

parole. Download the application from above. Mail your application to the state.

Q: How do I get a letter from probation / parole?
A: Call your old probation or parole office and request a standard Restoration Release Letter. They will mail it
directly to you or to the state.

If you were never on probation, contact the probation office in the same district as the court that sentenced you. They have your records and will issue you a Restoration Release Letter showing the date of your release. If you need help call us.

Q: How do I get a copy of certified Felony Sentencing Orders?
A: The court that sentenced you has these records. You can call, write or go in person. A copy should cost $1.
Have them MAIL the copies directly to the Virginia Restoration of Rights at:
Restoration of Rights, Secretary of the Commonwealth, PO Box 2454, Richmond, VA 23218

Q: What if I don’t know the court, specific offense or the exact date(s) of sentencing?
A: You need a copy of your criminal record history from the Virginia State Police. This has all of the information.
Call the State Police at 804-674-2000, go online to www.vsp.state.va.us or download the application below.

Q: Can I own a gun when my rights are restored?
A: After you have been granted restoration of your political rights from the Governor of Virginia, you may petition the circuit court of the county or city in which you reside or of the county or city in which you were convicted, for a hearing to request restoration of your Second Amendments / Firearm Rights.

Q: How much does it cost to get my rights back?
A: There is no cost or fee. Copies of Felony Sentencing Orders should cost $1 each.

Q: How long does it take to get my rights back?
A: The state takes 2 - 12 months to reinstate your rights. They will send you a letter.

Q: How do I know if I have lost my rights?
A: If you have ever been convicted of a felony in the state of Virginia or by a federal court, your civil rights have
almost certainly been taken away by the state. Call the Restoration of Rights office at 804-697-0104 for assistance.

Q: I need more help. What should I do?
A: Call a volunteer at 703-969-8486 or contact the Restoration of Rights Office at (804) 692-0104

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Civil Rights History In Virginia

In 1902, to circumvent the 15th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed voting rights to black men, Virginia instituted voting knowledge tests and poll taxes.

Within 90 days 125,000 of the 147,000 black voters in the state had been stricken from the voting rolls.

Virginia requiring a "reasonable explanation" of any part of the state constitution in order to vote was finally eliminated by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The 24th amendment, ratified in 1964, outlawed poll taxes in federal elections. In 1966 the U.S. Supreme Court banned it in all elections.

In 1927 the Virginia “Act to Preserve Racial Integrity” became law:

  • Virginia classified all persons as white or colored.

  • Virginia did not recognize Indians or issue birth certificates to them.

  • Virginia enforced “delayed birth registration” for blacks.

  • Interracial marriage was made illegal.

In 1927 the Sterilization Act was also passed. Prisoners and the mentally handicap could now be sterilized. An estimated 8,000 citizens suffered forced sterilization. To date the state has compensated just 16 of the survivors.

In 1946 Irene Morgan v. Commonwealth of Virginia, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Virginia law was unconstitutional and interstate bus travel was desegregated.

In 1960, in Boynton v. Virginia, the Supreme Court extended the Morgan ruling to bus terminals used in interstate bus service.

In the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, Virginia was one of the five defendants the Court ruled against.

In 1954, in response to Brown v. Board of Education, Senator Harry Byrd of Virginia promoted the "Southern Manifesto" opposing integrated schools. It was signed by over 100 southern U.S. Congressmen.

In 1956 Byrd called for what became known as Massive Resistance. This was a group of laws, passed in 1956, intended to prevent the integration of schools.

Many schools were shut down in 1958 and 1959 in attempts to block integration.  

Ordered to integrate its schools, Prince Edward County Virginia instead closed its entire public school system. Publicly funded tuition grants paid for private schools to educate the county's white children. No provision was made for educating black children. Some pupils missed five years of school.

In 1964 the Virginia Supreme Court and a special three-judge panel of Federal District judges declared these policies unconstitutional.

In 1964 the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed Virginia's tuition grants to private education. Prince Edward County reopened its schools on an integrated basis. 

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 also banned racial segregation "by businesses offering food, lodging, gasoline, or entertainment to the public."

In 1963 Southern juries were desegregated as a result of Johnson v. Virginia. The court held that a State may not segregate court rooms.  

In 1967 the landmark civil rights decision by the Supreme Court (Loving v. Virginia) legalized interracial marriage in Virginia and overturned seventeen states' laws banning interracial marriage.

In 1968, not satisfied with the token compliance to integrate Virginia schools, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Green v. School Board of New Kent County Virginia.  

The court, wanting to rip out segregation “root and branch,” overturned Virginias’ laws. Green v. School Board of New Kent County became the most important school desegregation decision since Brown v. The Board of Education.

In 2010 – Virginia gerrymandered congressional districts to win 8 of 11 districts for Republicans in future elections. Even when President Obama (D) carried the state by 53-47 in 2012 they maintained 8 of 11 gerrymandered seats.

In 2015 federal courts declared Virginia gerrymandering illegal. The Supreme Court is reviewing the case.

In 2013 – Virginia mandated strict Voter Identification laws. The legality of these new laws is currently being challenged in court.

Historically, voter identification laws, poll taxes, knowledge tests and intimidation have been used to suppress the vote.

The fight against these policies continues today. More than HALF of the recently adopted voter identification laws passed in the United States are being challenged in federal court.

Texas, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Georgia have all LOST federal cases for their aggressive use of voter ID laws. In every case these ID laws hurt citizens and suppressed the vote.

Virginia has an ugly history of massive voter repression. Virginia has a definitive responsibility to defend and protect ALL of her citizens.

By gerrymandering our congressional districts and by adding voter identification laws which further suppress the vote, leaders in Richmond ignore our history and continue the policies of Jim Crow today.

Virginia Needs YOU. Take Back Your Civil Rights and Your Power. VOTE!

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