DES MOINES – The Iowa House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill restoring voting rights to felons, but these convicted crooks won’t be in the voting booth anytime soon.
Gov. Reynolds released the following statement after the Iowa House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 14, proposing an amendment to the Iowa Constitution to restore the voting rights of felons:
“Today’s strong bipartisan vote is a victory for Iowans who deserve a second chance. There’s a broad coalition of supporters behind this constitutional amendment, and I will continue working with members of the Iowa Senate to move the process forward, allowing Iowans a vote on this important issue.”
The vote was 95-2. The bill must go to the Senate next and then the proposal would face the legislature again before voters would be asked to approve an amendment to the state’s constitution to make felon voting rights official.