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Charlottesville Man Speaks About Restoration of Voting Rights

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

A Charlottesville man will be able to vote in this year's presidential election, his first in 40 years. 

Monday Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe ordered 13,000 Virginia felons have their voting rights restored. Nathaniel Edward Bryant is one of those who had his civil rights restored. He received his voting certificate in the mail Monday after losing his right to vote back in 1973.

Bryant went down to Charlottesville City Hall with his lawyer to get his new voter registration card. This is something special for him and something he has been waiting for.

"It means a great deal to me you know now I got a voice. I'm a part of society once again, you know it means a lot. I just said to myself I wasn't giving up on it, I've been fighting and fighting and finally it came through," said Bryant.

The restoration of rights has been a hot topic. The governor's previous attempt to restore them was blocked by the Virginia Supreme Court.

There are still more than 180,0000 people eligible to have their voting rights restored in Virginia.

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