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Supreme Court and Iowa Address Felon Voting Rights : July 16 and August 5, 2020

Supreme Court and Iowa Address Felon Voting Rights : July 16 and August 5, 2020

Supreme Court and Iowa Address Felon Voting Rights
Heather Kerrigan

Elected officials have long disagreed about how to handle the voting rights of convicted felons. Some states have opted to allow them to vote while in prison or after probation or parole are complete, others require payment of all fines and fees, and still others ask that felons seeking the right to vote petition the executive branch. With a looming 2020 presidential election, Iowa’s governor used her executive authority to automatically restore voting rights to certain felons. Florida’s governor, however, asked the Supreme Court to weigh in on legislation to block felons with outstanding fines, fees, ...

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