Few Iowa Felons Have Voting Rights Reinstated

The AP reports that fewer than twelve of the over 8000 felons released have regained their right to vote, since the state’s automatic reenfranchisement policy was reversed last year by Gov. Branstad.  According to the story, reenfranchisement now requires a full credit report (not just a summary), a criminal history report (which costs $15), and completion of a “31-question application that asks for information such as the address of the judge who handled the conviction,” and “the review can take up to six months.”  No surprise that few ex-felons successfully run this gauntlet.

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