Lawsuit Filed Over “Disenfranchisement”

A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit challenging Virginia’s felon disenfranchisement policy can proceed, citing a Reconstruction-era law. The lawsuit argues that the state’s policy, which strips voting rights for all felonies, violates the 1870 Virginia Readmission Act. This decision marks a significant development in the ongoing efforts to address disparities in the criminal justice system. The case is being closely watched as it moves forward in the legal process.