McAuliffe to announce new milestone in restoring rights

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office says the governor plans to make a major announcement on his efforts at restoring certain civil rights of former felons. The governor has scheduled an 11 a.m. news conference Friday at the Capitol to make the announcement. McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy said the governor had restored the rights of 18,000 Virginians, more than combined total of his seven predecessors, and Friday’s announcement would mark another major milestone. The Democratic governor has made restoring rights – including the right to vote, the right to hold public office, and the right to serve on a jury – a top priority.

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