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Jan 21, 2019

Voting Rights: Will Iowa Be The Next State To Let Felons Vote?

Republican Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is looking to roll back the state’s ban on felon voting, she announced this week. Iowa is one of three states with constitutions that permanently ban convicted felons from voting unless the governor choses to restore the felon’s franchise. Reynolds proposed in her Condition of the State speech a constitutional amendment, which would need to go through the legislature, to change the current system, though the details of the proposal are still unclear. More than 50,000 Iowans can’t vote due to the current ban. Trump’s Justice Department is reversing its posture on a key issue in the ongoing litigation over Texas’ legislative maps, which had been found racially discriminatory in the courts. The challengers in the case, backed by Obama’s DOJ, had sought to require Texas to get federal approval for all maps that it drew, which it previously needed to do under the so-called pre-clearance provision of the Voting Rights Act. In court filings…

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