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Restoring the voting rights of non-violent felons

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Richmond, VA -
In Virginia, mixed feelings just days ahead of a program meant to restore the voting rights of non-violent felons.
 
Governor Bob McDonnell's May announcement that he would automatically restore the right, was met with applause from both advocates for inmates, and for civil rights. Now some are worried that the impact might not pack as big a punch as they thought - at least not right away.
 
Others say, they're just glad progress is being made at all.
 
Officials are expected to announce details of the program Monday, the day it takes effect. McDonnell originally said 100 thousand disenfranchised felons might be added to the voter rolls.
 
Advocates are bracing for the likelihood that only a fraction of that number will have their rights restored in time to vote in November.Part of the concern stems from McDonnell's decision to reclassify burglary, and breaking and entering as violent crimes.
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