Secretary of State Mac Warner
would like to educate the people of West Virginia on the procedure for
restoring voting rights for convicted felons. He wants to use the first
anniversary date of the “Second Chance for Employment Act” as a reminder to
everyone of how to benefit from the process.
One year ago today, a law
took effect which allowed non-violent felons to petition a court to have their
convictions reduced to misdemeanors under certain circumstances. Once complete,
these felons can more easily reintegrate in society without the stigma of a
“A common misconception in
West Virginia is that felons automatically lose their right to vote forever.
That is simply not true,” said Secretary Warner.
For a felon to restore their
voting rights, they must have completed their full sentence, including any
probation or parole. Once they have completely satisfied that requirement, they
may reregister with their county clerk.
West Virginians that believe
they are eligible to have their voting rights restored, may check the status of
their current voter registration or re-register to vote at www.govotewv.com.
If you have a question about
this process, you may contact the WV Secretary of State’s Elections Division at
Online Voter Registration