Gov. Terry Branstad said this week he has agreed to streamline the application for convicted felons who seek to have their voting rights restored.
In response to concerns raised last month by leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Branstad said the application now has simplified instructions, removes the requirement for a credit history check for the voting application, and provides a more detailed “checklist of materials” to help applicants turn in a completed application.
“When an individual commits a felony, it is fair they earn their rights back by paying restitution to their victim, court costs, and fines,” Branstad said in a statement. “Iowa has a good and fair policy on the restoration of rights for convicted felons, and to automatically restore the right to vote without requiring the completion of the responsibilities associated with the criminal conviction would damage the balance between the rights and responsibility of citizens.”
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