Iowa to Restore Felon's Right to Vote
Major kudos to Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack who is restoring the right to vote to felons who have completed serving their sentences.
The governor's order, which he plans to sign on July 4, will make an estimated 80,000 ex-felons eligible to vote. Advocates hope that the order, which comes after a similar restoration of voting rights in Nebraska, will encourage other states with similarly restrictive laws to broaden voting privileges for ex-felons.
Nationally, about 4.7 million people are ineligible to vote because of felony convictions, about 500,000 of them war veterans, according to the Sentencing Project, a nonprofit organization that promotes alternatives to incarceration. About 1.4 million are black men.
Iowa had one of the most restrictive bans in the country.
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