Errors on Iowa's Felon List Includes Police Force, Omits Drug Dealer

Associated Press

"Obviously this is a big problem. It's keeping people who have the right to vote from voting and creating a lot of confusion," said Blair Bowie, a lawyer with the Campaign Legal Center, which is helping ex-felons apply to the governor's office to get their voting rights back. "It seems like there has been a lot of mismanagement of this over the years and there's a lot to clean up." Bowie said her group has been examining the list for months and found "a myriad of mistakes," including ex-offenders whose voting rights were restored by then-Gov. Tom Vilsack in 2005. Others on the list erroneously believe they got their rights back or don't know they are eligible to apply for restoration to the governor's office, she said.

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