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About Restore Your Vote
In Iowa, the law regarding which people with past criminal convictions can and cannot vote has been confusing. However, in 2020, Governor Reynolds issued an Executive Order restoring voting rights to all Iowans who have completed their sentence unless they have been convicted of homicide. People who had their rights restored under that order may simply register to vote. Even if the Order does not cover an individual with a past conviction, some people had their voting rights restored through other channels, and others can apply to the governor to restore them. But many Iowans with past convictions who are eligible to vote or restore their vote simply do not yet know that they can participate.
Based on the most recent estimates, Iowa’s law disenfranchises over 34,000 people in the state: 1.5% of the entire statewide voting-age population but more than 11% of the adult Black voting-age population and nearly 4% of the Latino population. The good news is that every Iowan who has completed serving their sentence has a path to voting rights restoration.
Campaign Legal Center’s Restore Your Vote campaign is currently working in Iowa to help people with felony convictions restore their voting rights, train community leaders on the rights restoration process, and break down the false notion that a felony conviction means you can never vote again. To get in touch, please contact us at [email protected].
If you are an Iowa resident who wants to understand your voting rights, you can sign up for assistance using the form above or click here to access our self-service tool.
Leroy Pingel from Kossuth County, Iowa worked with Restore Your Vote organizers to have his rights restored.