GOP governor revives long push for restoring voting rights to Iowa felons

The Fulcrum

Iowa's Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, is promising to revive her quest to end the state's status as the only place in the country where convicted felons are permanently barred from voting. In Iowa, the only way for a felon to win the right to vote after prison is to get the governor's permission. Reynolds could act unilaterally, and groups including the Campaign Legal Center have been pressing her to issue a broad decree this month — theoretically allowing about 52,000 more people to participate Feb. 3 in the first-in-the-nation Democratic presidential caucuses.