Advocates seek more steps to help restore felon voting rights

Iowa Public Radio

Campaign Legal Center attorney Blair Bowie is urging Governor Kim Reynolds to issue an executive order and automatically restore felon voting rights, while continuing to push for a constitutional amendment to make the change permanent. “We also ask the governor to work with the secretary of state’s office to create a place where people can easily look up their status and find out whether or not they are actually disenfranchised,” Bowie says. “And, if they are, easily apply to restore their voting rights online.” A year ago, Republican Governor Kim Reynolds asked legislators to start the lengthy process of trying to amend the state constitution to automatically restore felon voting rights, but the proposal stalled in the Republican-led Iowa Senate.

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