Gov. Reynolds willing to discuss restoring felons' voter rights

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DES MOINES, Iowa (WOI) - On Tuesday Governor Kim Reynolds said she might be open to restoring felons' voting rights in the future.

Iowa is one of the last two states in the United States that doesn't automatically grant a convicted felon the ability to vote when the person is released from prison.

The Iowa ban for felons to vote in any election, even after they're out of prison, was put into place by former Governor Terry Branstad when he took office in 2011.

Years later the executive order was upheld by the state Supreme Court.

Reynolds said her administration has many ideas for criminal justice reorm and her position on felon voting rights will be announced when she delivers the Condition of the State address in January.

Currently in Iowa, felons must individually apply to the governor's office to be given permission to vote. The request can either be accepted or rejected by the governor.

Since Reynolds has taken office, 88 felons have had their voting rights restored.

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