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Va. governor touts restoration of felons' rights

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 3:40pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The number of felons that have had their rights restored under a new streamlined system that was put in place this past summer has grown to 1,577.

Gov. Bob McDonnell's office said Thursday the civil rights of 6,874 Virginians have been restored during his nearly four years. His office said that tops any previous administration.

In July, McDonnell announced the individualized system of rights restoration.

Eligible individuals must register with the Secretary of the Commonwealth by mail, email or phone to have their rights to vote, serve on a jury and work as a notary public restored.

Some 350,000 nonviolent felons are eligible to regain their civil rights.

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