House Democrats on governor’s restoration of rights announcement

virginia democratsDel. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville) and Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) issued the following statements regarding the Governor’s historic restoration of rights announcement.

“Virginians who have made mistakes, served their time and returned to their community should have the right to fully participate in their community. Thanks to the Governor’s actions today, over 200,000 Virginians now have that basic human dignity of a vote restored to them. This is a monumental stand for civil rights and we applaud the Governor’s courage and leadership.” – Del. David Toscano, Leader of the House Democratic Caucus

“This is an exciting day, not just for those who are having their rights restored, but for all Virginians. While some in our state continue to put up barriers to voting rights, Governor McAuliffe is beginning to break them down.  We thank the Governor and those legislators who worked tirelessly to change the restoration process.  And, we congratulate those who have regained their democratic right to the ballot box.” – Del. Charniele Herring, Chair of the House Democratic Caucus

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