http://www.roanoke. com/news/ roanoke/wb/ 218048
VA. LAGS IN RESTORATION OF FELONS' CIVIC RIGHTS; A 2008 study found that 19 states have reformed their disenfranchisement laws in an effort to expand voter eligibility, by Laurence Hammack, The Roanoke Times
More than 3,500 people with felony convictions in their pasts, but hopes for civic involvement in their futures, have had their voting rights restored by Gov. Tim Kaine.
As of Sept. 1, Kaine had restored the rights of 3,598 convicted felons -- more than any other Virginia governor since at least 1938.
The governor's philosophy is to reward convicted felons who have led crime-free lives since completing their prison terms or probation, Kaine spokesman Gordon Hickey said.
"They've paid their debt, they've served their sentence, they've been clear of any problems with the law ... and they should be allowed to have their rights restored," Hickey said.