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Gov. Reynolds announces new voting rights application for felons


This news story was published on March 14, 2019.
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Kim Reynolds

DES MOINES – Today at her weekly press conference, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a new application for felons to have their voting rights restored. The governor also reiterated her support for a constitutional amendment to permanently restore the voting rights of felons who have completed their sentence.

The new application can be viewed online here. Iowans looking to restore their voting rights can go to governor.iowa.gov/services/voting-rights-restoration.

“Iowans believe in second chances and we should help those individuals who want to re-enter society by restoring their voting rights, offering in-demand training, or encouraging additional education,” said Gov. Reynolds. “But we also must remember the victims and their families. Their voices continue to be heard as we balance felon rights with forgiveness and another chance at life.”

The new application unveiled today is simplified and easier to understand. It requests only the information necessary to appropriately consider whether an Iowan is eligible to have their voting rights restored. It removes the requirement to submit a criminal background check and the related $15 fee. And it no longer requires the collection of redundant financial documentation that can instead be verified online.

Additionally, the governor announced a goal to grant or deny applications within one month from receipt. The Iowa Department of Corrections and local Community Based Corrections districts will also be distributing the new application to Iowans as they discharge from prison, parole, or probation. These new measures will remove unnecessary burdens for Iowans looking for a second chance.

Gov. Reynolds has made redemption for Iowans a top priority and has made significant progress on this issue since 2017:

  • Her office restored the right to vote for 122 offenders since May of 2017.
  • Her proposed constitutional amendment to permanently restore the voting rights of felons passed the House Judiciary Committee last week with a unanimous vote.

View the announcement on Facebook live here.

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6 Responses to Gov. Reynolds announces new voting rights application for felons

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 15, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    The only reason Democrats would be in favor of this bill is if they could count on the felons would vote for them. What with all the other crooked stuff they pull, maybe they don’t need the ex-felon votes.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 15, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Funny thing is if this was passed by a Democratic Governor you Republicans would be going crazy but since it is a Republican Gov it is OK.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 15, 2019 at 10:34 am

      You are 100% correct. the Republicans who favor this are the ones who yelled the loudest about weak sentencing done by the judges. The guy below here (Anonymous) wants to give them back gun rights? You bet, let’s give that domestic abuser who served 8 months of his 10 year sentence his gun back so he can finish the job. Let’s give them their gun rights back after they have spent 5-10 years in society without a repeat of the reason they were put in prison. Then, it would be fine. As for voting rights, it is long overdue but that is because Republicans wouldn’t hear of such a thing until just recently when they saw all of the Repubs going to jail.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 14, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    They’ve paid their debt to society. Let them have their rights back. Voting, right to own weapons, basic rights they have earned back.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      March 15, 2019 at 11:19 am

      then its ok for someone who was falsely accused of a domestic should get there ability to own a gun back then huh?

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 15, 2019 at 8:47 pm

        If someone was falsely accused, why shouldn’t he get his right to a weapon back?