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Black Lives Matter protesters call for Gov. Reynolds to sign felon voting rights executive order immediately

Published: Jul. 13, 2020 at 8:53 AM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) - Des Moines Black Lives Matter protesters are calling for Governor Reynolds to sign a felon voting rights executive order immediately.

The group posted this draft executive order on Twitter this weekend. Governor Reynolds has said that she will sign an executive order before the November election.

She says she wants to take her time to make sure that it is done right and that it creates a permanent solution.

Reynolds has made felon voting rights one of her top issues over the past 2 years.

“I had a gentleman walk up to me, and he had had his rights restored, and he said, ‘not only did I get a letter but your team personally reached out to me with a phone call to make sure I knew that my rights has been restored.' And he said, ‘I can’t even begin to tell you the dignity I felt because I had gotten my life back, to be able to in and vote. I made some mistakes when I was younger.‘” Reynolds said back in 2018.

Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack signed a similar executive order in 2005, but that was rescinded in 2011, By Governor Branstad.

Right now in Iowa, felons automatically have their voting rights taken away permanently, unless they apply to the governor to have them restored.

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