Iowa governor simplifies felon voting restoration process

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds

Iowa and Kentucky are the only states with broad permanent bans on felons voting.

Posted: Mar 12, 2019 1:49 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has simplified the process by which convicted felons can seek restoration of their voting rights.

Reynolds' action comes as lawmakers consider her proposed constitutional amendment, which would automatically restore voting rights to most felons who have completed their sentences.

Reynolds said Tuesday the process she's created reduces an application from three pages to one.

It removes the requirement to submit a criminal background check and a related $15 fee, and it doesn't require the collection of financial documentation that can be verified online.

Reynolds says her goal is to grant or deny applications within a month of receipt.

Reynolds has restored voting rights for 122 offenders.

Her proposed constitutional amendment to restore voting rights to felons passed the House Judiciary Committee last week.

Iowa and Kentucky are the only states with broad permanent bans on felons voting.

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