Restoring Ex-Convicts' Right to Vote

Feb 10, 2014

A bill backed by Democrats in the Iowa Senate will make it easier for felons who have completed their sentences to have their voting rights restored. The bill passed a divided Senate subcommittee last week.

As the law stands, people who commit felonies must serve their sentences and pay all court-ordered compensation to victims before they can apply to the governor to restore their voting rights. The policy comes from an executive order signed by Governor Branstad in 2011.

Today on River to River, host Clay Masters talks with state senators on both sides of the bill, as well as a rehabilitated felon working to restore her voting rights.