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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A five-time felon in Delaware is facing up to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to illegally obtaining and possessing a gun.

Thirty-five-year-old Charles L. Blackshear pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of illegal possession of a firearm and one count of aiding and abetting the illegal purchase of a firearm.

Prosecutors agreed to drop a second count of illegal gun possession. Blackshear was arrested and turned over to federal authorities last year after a traffic stop in Elsmere.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The top election official in Delaware is pledging to update voter registration forms amid complaints that the state's documents violate federal law.

Campaign Legal Center is a Washington-based voter advocacy group. It says federal voter registration forms used in Delaware contain outdated information about the eligibility of felons to vote in state elections.

Delaware Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove says the advocacy group is correct. She tells the News Journal of Wilmington that we will be acting on every one of their recommendations."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans are trying to block Gov. Terry McAuliffe's latest effort to restore voting rights to thousands of felons who've completed their sentences.

Top Republican lawmakers say in a contempt motion filed Wednesday that McAuliffe is violating the Virginia Supreme Court's order that he restore the rights on a case-by-case basis.

The court in July invalidated McAuliffe's sweeping executive order to restore the rights of more than 200,000 felons who completed their sentences.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The nearly 13,000 Virginia felons whose voting rights were restored, stripped, then restored again are more likely to live in areas that voted for Democrats than Republicans.

Data from the Virginia Public Access Project showed that nearly one-third of the felons with restored voting rights live in a precinct where President Barack Obama received more than 75 percent of the vote in 2012.

Less than 2 percent of the felons live in a precinct where 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney received three-quarters of the vote.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has again restored the voting rights of about 13,000 felons after his previous attempt was blocked by the state's Supreme Court.

McAuliffe's announcement Monday came nearly a month after the court ruled that governors cannot restore rights en masse, but must handle them on a case-by-case basis. That ruling invalidated a previous executive order that had restored the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons who had completed their sentences.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Were four conservative justices "scared" to side against Republican leaders in the court's recent opinion on felon voting rights? Gov. Terry McAuliffe thinks so.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that McAuliffe blasted last month's 4-3 Supreme Court of Virginia ruling Monday during an appearance on a WIQO-FM radio show.

The court ruled the governor overstepped his authority when he restored the voting rights of 13,000 felons who had been stripped from the voter rolls.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration has released the names of the roughly 13,000 felons recently stripped from the state's voter rolls.

The Virginia Department of Elections recently cancelled their registrations after the state Supreme Court ruled that McAuliffe overstepped his authority when he restored their voting rights.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration says it will move quickly to ensure thousands of felons hoping to cast ballots in November's election will be able to vote.

McAuliffe Spokesman Brian Coy said Monday that the administration expects by the end of this week to restore the voting rights of the roughly 13,000 felons who registered to vote under the Democratic governor's April executive order.

Virginia's Supreme Court struck down that order Friday, saying governors cannot restore rights en masse, but must handle them on a case-by-case basis.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A county prosecutor is suing Gov. Terry McAuliffe to force him to release the names of the felons whose civil rights have been restored.

Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman filed the lawsuit Wednesday in the Loudoun County Circuit Court.

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration is urging the Virginia Supreme Court to throw out a challenge to his restoration of voting rights to thousands of former felons. 

Virginia Solicitor General Stuart Raphael argued Tuesday that the Republican lawmakers and other voters challenging his order have no legal standing because they haven't shown they've been harmed. 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A lawsuit that attempts to block more than 200,000 felons from voting this fall will be considered by the Virginia Supreme Court when it meets for a special session next month.

The court said Wednesday it will consider Republican lawmakers' lawsuit during a special session on July 19.

GOP leaders have asked the court to reverse Gov. Terry McAuliffe's executive order that restored the rights of thousands of felons who've completed their sentences.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia registrars are facing the challenge of verifying applications from convicted felons registering to vote after Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently restored their voting and other civil rights.

Media outlets report registrars say they've been unable to verify restoration of a felon's voting rights either on the Virginia Election Registration Information System or an online site operated by the Secretary of the Commonwealth.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A proposed constitutional amendment making it easier for convicted felons in Delaware to vote has cleared its final legislative hurdle.

The Senate approved bill Tuesday on a 15-to-6 vote with little debate, just as the House voted for it last month with virtually no debate.

The proposed amendment also was approved in the previous legislative session but had to pass two consecutive sessions of the General Assembly.

The amendment eliminates the 5-year waiting period before eligible felons who have completed their sentences can vote again.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is set to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment making it easier for convicted felons in Delaware to vote.

The measure passed the House last month with virtually no debate and was scheduled for a Senate vote Tuesday.

The proposed amendment cleared the previous legislative session but must pass two consecutive sessions of the General Assembly, with Senate passage Tuesday being the final legislative hurdle.