Iowa Republican Governor will restore voting rights to paroled felons

Per Iowa Starting Line:

activists say that Gov. Kim Reynolds has committed to signing an executive order on voting rights restoration, that it’ll come before the election, at latest late summer/early fall. Protesters say it could be done much earlier

NYPost reports Iowa’s governor will issue an executive order formally restoring voting rights to paroled individuals with felony convictions, she announced.

Speaking to Radio Iowa on Tuesday, Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds said her administration was working to have voting rights restored before the November election.

“We’re working on that right now, sitting down with various groups, listening to what they think is important, what is contained in that executive order, and then I’ve got my legal team working on it,” Reynolds told the outlet.

Reynolds had faced increasing pressure to act in a meaningful way in recent weeks following the deaths of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks, two unarmed black men killed by white police officers.

The two men’s killings sparked protests and riots nationwide, with thousands of people demanding justice and reform to the criminal justice system as a whole.

The Iowa governor told the radio network that she met twice with Black Lives Matter protesters to discuss the matter of restoring felons’ voting rights by executive order, admitting that things were “a little bumpy” at the start of their discussions.

“We’ve got people who are new to the process and I don’t mean this in a bad way, but just not familiar with who can do what, how it is implemented, how important it is to get it done right,” Reynolds said.