I tend to respect quite a few conservative (and for that matter, quite a few liberal), positions. Sadly of late, conservative politicians have been....well, a trifle less than serious.
That said, I'm happy to see this coming out of Virginia. Good for the governor. There's really no reason why a felon who has served his time should be disenfranchised as a citizen. What are they going to do, vote for the murder party?
Oh wait...Here's a reason ....
There are more than 300,000 people disenfranchised in Virginia as a result of these laws, which were originally instituted with the express intent of preventing black people from voting--or as one Virginia Delegate in the early 1900s, Carter Glass, put it, the voting restrictions proposed at the time "will eliminate the darkey as a political factor in this State." An Advancement Project report estimated that more than half of the disenfranchised in Virginia are black.