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Virginia 'Literacy Test' Victims: We Will Write Your Essays By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 14 April 2010

Calling all academics, journalists, bloggers, students, and concerned citizens!

Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell, a deeply disturbed troglodyte whose candidacy should have *never* seen the light of day, yet alone affirmation, wants nonviolent felons to submit to a 'literacy test' in order to restore their rights as citizens.

McDonnell (R) 'will require the offenders to submit an essay outlining their contributions to society since their release, turning a nearly automatic process into a subjective one that some say may prevent poor, less-educated or minority residents from being allowed to vote.' McDonnell's yet-to-be announced 'literacy test' hearkens to the days of Jim Crow.

Well, we at the CLG know that is racist, classist requirement is both antidemocratic and unconstitutional, no matter *how* the (Less Than) Supreme Court rules!

Should this 'literacy test' become law in Virginia, we - a team of academics, journalists, bloggers, students, and concerned citizens - will happily write essays (or required 'statements') for any nonviolent felon who seeks our help. We further believe that the academic and legal rules and ramifications of plagiarism should be suspended in this one particular instance as we will not acknowledge any new 'literacy tests.'

Opposition builds to McDonnell's changes to felon voting rights restoration process 12 Apr 2010 The ACLU of Virginia accused Gov. Bob McDonnell of reinstating a "literacy test" in Virginia when he decided to add another step for nonviolent felons to have their voting rights restored. "For persons with a limited education, the governor's requirement that they write an essay explaining their past and present actions and the rationale for why their rights should be restored is a nearly insurmountable obstacle,'' said ACLU of Virginia Executive Director Kent Willis on Monday. We reported this weekend that McDonnell (R) will require the offenders to submit a letter to the governor outlining their contributions to society since their release, turning a nearly automatic process into a more subjective one that some say might prevent poor, less-educated or minority residents from being allowed to vote.

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