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Virginia has an election every year which means the peoples’ voice should be heard on issues of healthcare, education, civil rights, justice, jobs and medicare. Every aspect of your life is decided on at the “stroke of a vote”.

The Republican Party of Virginia 2013 State Convention is this weekend at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and there over 13,000 delegates will nominate candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general. Also, Ken Cuccinelli will accept his party’s nomination for governor.  The duo primary for democratic candidates for lieutenant governor, attorney general and certain seats for the House of Delegates will held on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

There are four contenders in the Virginia governor’s race for 2013  Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli. Cuccinelli is currently the Attorney General for Virginia and will not seek a second term only to run for governor. Republican Tareq Salahi has lived in Virginia all of his life. He is a televison personality and businessman. Terry McAuliffe is a businessman, entreprenuer and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. And, Libertarian Robert Sarvis is an entrepreneur and small business owner.

The 2013 Democratic and Republican Primary candidates  for statewide office in Virginia and the House of Delegates. The primary in June 11, 2013.

Register to vote, check your voter status or candidates on the ballot for the general election, by visiting the Virginia State Board of Elections.

Who qualifies for restoration of rights?

If you have lost the right to vote as a result of a felony conviction in a Virginia court, a U.S. District or a military court, you must have your rights restored in order to qualify for voter registration. The restoration of rights restores the rights to vote, to run for and hold public office, to serve on juries and to serve as a notary public. It does not include the right to possess or transport any firearm or to carry a concealed weapon.

In order to be eligible for restoration of rights by the Governor, an applicant must:

  • Must be a resident of Virginia, and/or have been convicted of a felony in a Virginia court, a U.S. District court or a military court
  • be free from any sentence served or supervised probation and parole for a minimum of two years for a non-violent offense or five years for a violent felony or drug distribution, drug manufacturing offense, any crimes against a minor, or an election law offense.
  • have paid all court costs, fines, penalties and restitution and have no felony or misdemeanor charges pending.
  • not have had a DWI in the five years immediately preceding the application.
  • Not have any misdemeanor convictions and/or pending criminal charges 2  years preceding the application for non-violent felonies or five years for a violent felony or drug distribution, drug manufacturing offense,  any crimes against a minor, or an election law offense.

For information on requesting a copy of your criminal history record and criteria for restoration of rights, please visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Join Miss Community Cloovia at the “Voter/Restoration and Pep Talk to the Primary” on Thursday, April 18, 6pm-8:30pm at 6th Mount Zion Baptist Church 14 West Duvall Street, Richmond, VA 23220. Please bring your sentencing orders and proof that all fines/restitution have been paid- in- full. The Rolling for Freedom Project will provide the applications and assistance with the restoration of rights process. There will be notaries on duty. Brought to you by the Rolling for Freedom Project, Chesterfield Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, Upsilon Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, and Radio One Inc.

 The Rolling for Freedom Project will get you election-day ready. Thanks in advance for your support.  Miss Community Cloovia

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Delegate Joe Morrissey (D-74) speaks out on automatic restoration of rights for non-violent felons.

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