Iowa was the last state to ban those with felony convictions from voting, even after completion of their sentences.
Des Moines Register
Days before early voting begins in Iowa, Secretary of State Paul Pate has unveiled a new website and voter registration form with updated information on when people with felony convictions may resume voting.
Iowa’s four-member Voter Registration Commission approved the new form on Friday, Pate announced in a news release. The update comes two months after Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an executive order in early August restoring the right to vote to most people with felony convictions in Iowa once they have served their sentences, including any parole or probation.
The form, which Iowans fill out when they register to vote, includes a reference to a new state website, RestoreYourVote.iowa.gov, which contains information about the executive order and how to register to vote. The site lets people with past felony convictions check to see if their rights have been restored.
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A sentence at the top of the new voter registration form states: “In Iowa, you are not qualified to vote following a felony conviction until your right to vote is restored by the Governor. To learn more about voting after a felony conviction visit RestoreYourVote.iowa.gov.”
At the bottom of the form, where a signature is required, the voter is asked to swear that “I have never been convicted of a felony OR my right to vote has been restored by the Governor, including through Executive Order, after a felony conviction.”
The commission that approved the change is bipartisan. Pate and Reynolds are both Republicans.
“I agree with Governor Reynolds that Iowans who have served their time deserve a