Letters to the Editor

Reynolds needs to restore felon voting rights

Kim Reynolds keeps saying she wants an amendment and not an executive order to restore voting rights to felons. In the meantime, there is nothing stopping her from signing an executive order like Tom Vilsack signed in 2005 that restored voting rights to felons after their sentences were served. Terry Branstad, of course, rescinded this and threw everything for a loop (even though felons who were discharged before 2005 can vote still). She is under pressure to let felons who have done their time to vote, but she’s sure dragging her feet! Why are Republicans so intent on keeping those who have served their time from voting? Currently she is approving restorations one by one. There are only 347 applications that have been sent to her. That does not touch the 52,000 others who should be able to vote after they have paid their debt to society.

Erinn Crane


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