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Felon Voting Rights Moves Another Step Forward

By Ellis Codjoe, March 11, 2019

A proposal backed by Governor Kim Reynolds cleared another legislative hurdle last week.

The bipartisan Iowa House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a constitutional amendment that would restore voting rights for felons who have completed their sentences. This proposed amendment could be presented to voters in 2022.

Governor Reynolds said in a statement:

“Today’s unanimous vote by the House Judiciary Committee sends a strong message in favor of second chances and forgiveness for felons. It highlights the broad commitment of supporters for a constitutional amendment and another step forward to give Iowans a vote on this issue.”

Some House Republicans have discussed requiring felons to pay restitution to their victims before being allowed to vote, according to Radio Iowa.

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