RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is making it easier for felons to regain their voting rights.
McAuliffe announced he's reducing the waiting period for violent felons to apply for reinstatement from five years to three years.
He is also removing drug offenses from the list of violent crimes that are subject to the waiting period.
The changes build on former Governor Bob McDonnell's efforts to streamline the process.
McAuliffe says his administration already has restored the rights of more than 800 Virginians in his first three months in office.
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