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Report: 350,000 Virginians can’t vote because of felony convictions

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – A new report says more than 350,000 Virginians can’t vote because of felony convictions.

The study, released by the Sentencing Project, found that nearly 6 million adults in America can’t vote because they are felons. And it hits African Americans harder than any other race. In Virginia, 20%, or one in five blacks can’t vote. Critics say that’s drastic considering Virginia is a battleground state.

Currently in Virginia, state law says only the Governor can restore voting rights of those convicted of felonies.