Currently, felons are required to finish parole or probation before voting rights are reinstated, but it was argued that this is demoralizing and does not help newly released prisoners rejoin society. Hogan argued that it was wrong to restore rights to those who have not yet completed their debt to society.
The votes unsurprisingly fell along party lines, as Democrats have long claimed that Republicans aim to suppress minority and lower wage voters, knowing that they largely vote Democratic.
Senator Joanne C. Benson, who is African-American, argued that those most affected by the law are people of color.
"It's unfair," she said. "The whole system is unfair.”
The veto was overridden by 85-56 in the House of Delegates vote.