Turnout rates in Virginia’s regions are available for the 2014 national elections using a voting age population (VAP) measure that includes all residents of voting age, rather than just citizens. The Eastern region had the highest VAP turnout rate at 38.5 percent, followed by the Central region at 37.1 percent. The lowest turnout rate was in the Southwest region (29.1%). Total Virginia VAP turnout in 2014 was 33.9 percent, slightly above the national VAP rate of 33.0 percent.
In 2016 there are 5.8 million citizens who have lost their right to vote due to a past felony conviction; prior to April 2016 450,000 of those citizens lived in Virginia.
On April 22nd Governor Terry McAuliffe took the unprecedented step of issuing an Executive Order to restore voting rights to all "returning citizens" who had completed probation and parole. This was the first time that no preference was shown for violent vs. non-violent crimes and we applaud Governor McAuliffe for recognizing that when a person completes the sentence handed down by the court then the punishment must end and full citizenship rights and responsibilities must resume.
Our goal is to help register the 196,000 returning citizens along with all other unregistered, potential Virginia voters.