Court Rules Nonviolent Felons Still Can't Do This In Iowa

Published on 30 Jun 2016, 21:23
Reuters reports that in a 4-3 decision on Thursday, Iowa's Supreme Court upheld the state's ban on voting for people with felony convictions. The court dismissed a claim from a woman who sued to be able to vote despite a conviction for a drug crime. The majority opinion was written by Chief Justice Mark Cady. It said in part that the state's constitution "permits persons convicted of a felony to be disqualified from voting in Iowa until pardoned or otherwise restored to the rights of citizenship." Wyoming, California and other states have recently restored voting rights to felons convicted of nonviolent crimes.

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