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A grant program is putting its money behind a project that aims to help convicted felons through the process of restoring their voting rights.
The College of William & Mary Law School’s Revive My Vote is receiving $230,000 from the Knight Foundation, a program with a goal of increasing civic participation.
Revive My Vote – a collaboration between law students and the Williamsburg Bar Association – launched in April 2014 to help eligible felons navigate the process of regaining the right to vote.
“Revive My Vote is excited for the opportunity to expand its efforts to help eligible Virginians regain their right to vote,” said Professor Rebecca Green, co-founder of Revive My Vote. “Revive My Vote seeks to address obstacles by improving application processing and identifying and motivating eligible citizens.”
The grant will help the project directly assist the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Restoration of Rights Division process applications, therefore reducing the wait time for applicants, according to a news release from the college.
Revive My Vote also plans to use money from the grant to create a website that will provide information for those looking to apply.
“Our goal is to reduce application processing times in an innovative way and to become a one-stop-shop for everything people with prior felony convictions need to navigate the re-enfranchisement process,” said Mark Listes, a rising third-year law student and the director and co-founder of Revive My Vote. “We hope to use our new platform to motivate and educate in a new and unique way.”
Click here to read more about Revive My Vote.