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Hey Gov. Kaine, Restore Voting Rights for Felons

This is pretty basic, folks.

Tim Kaine will be leaving office as Governor of Virginia in January but there's one last things folks are hoping he'll do: Restore voting rights for felons. Virginia and Kentucky are the last states to permanently revoke voting rights for anyone convicted of a felony as well as other civil rights like serving on juries or holding public office.

Here's a message from the Virginia Organizing Project, which has been working on this issue.

1. Virginia has an estimated 300,000 former felons who cannot vote.

2. The Governor of Virginia can restore voting rights for former felons.

3. We need Governor Tim Kaine to sign an Executive Order to correct this injustice -- before he leaves office in January. Call Governor Tim Kaine at (804) 786-2211 or send an e-mail here and ask him, "Please sign an Executive Order to restore voting rights for former felons so that their rights are automatically restored when they finish their sentence."

What you can do if you live in other states:

Please contact Valerie Jarrett at the White House (202-456-1190) and ask her to encourage Virginia Governor Tim Kaine (also DNC Chair) to sign an Executive Order to restore voting rights for former felons.

THANKS! Your phone call can make a HUGE difference -- please pass this on...

After Kaine leaves office he'll be replaced by Republican Bob McDonnell and Virginia residents are afraid that will be a backwards step on this civil rights issue.

Tara Lohan is a senior editor at AlterNet.