Can felons vote in Virginia

Can Felons Vote in Virginia

Below you will find information on voting rights for felons in Virginia. Where possible we have tried to simplify the answer as much as possible for you and give you the most direct answer of whether felons can vote in Virginia.

You will also find links to Virginia state operated websites for additional information, and links to information on restoring your right to vote in Virginia.


  • On Apr. 18, 2014 Governor Terry McAuliffe announced changes to Virginia’s restoration of rights process. Under the new rules, people convicted of non-violent felonies (including drug crimes) will have their ability to vote automatically restored providing that they:
    • 1. have completed their term of incarceration and all probation or parole;
    • 2. have paid all court costs, fines, and any restitution; and
    • 3. have no pending felony charges.
  • People convicted of violent felonies, crimes against minors, and election law offenses must wait three years to apply for a gubernatorial restoration of rights,
  • Virginia Civil Rights Restoration: https://commonwealth.virginia.gov/judicial-system/restoration-of-rights/
  • Virginia Voter Registration: https://www.vote.virginia.gov/
  • Virginia Pardons: https://commonwealth.virginia.gov/judicial-system/pardons/