The right to vote is a cornerstone of citizenship and needs to be supported by opportunity. It’s not a problem for healthy, wealthy Americans to drive to their polling places, but many obstacles suppress some citizens’ participation in this fundamental right.
It is time for Iowa to join other states in allowing felons who’ve served their sentences to take steps to productive citizenship by reclaiming their right to vote. It is time for Gov. Kim Reynolds to act on her promise to reinstate these rights to ensure newly registered voters are able to vote by mail in the general election.
All Iowa voters should request an absentee ballot — the sooner, the better. If any irregularity is found, time is needed for correction before your ballot is mailed in October. Given the many current uncertainties about health, safety, and access on Election Day, guarantee your opportunity to vote by requesting a ballot now. Registered voters can request the absentee ballot request form online through the Secretary of State’s office, or from your county auditor, but you must mail or take your completed form to your auditor’s office.
Potential for fraud? This trumped-up false narrative is intended to create fear and uncertainty. Voting by mail is safe and secure. Vote by mail would also support our Postal Service — a service called for the in Constitution.
Jo Ann McNiel