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Don Owens:

Lawyers' Committee Statement on Iowa Governor Executive Order Restoring Voting Rights to Iowans with Former Convictions


Today, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-Iowa) signed an executive order that reinstates the voting rights of Iowans with prior convictions. The following is a statement from Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:

"This is a victory for tens of thousands of people across Iowa who had been permanently disenfranchised as a result of a felony conviction. The state's permanent ban was not only the harshest in the nation but the racial impact of the law was undeniable. This executive order strikes down a measure that hearkened back to the awful Jim Crow era and moves the state forward in ensuring that more people have voice in democracy."

The Lawyers' Committee is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar's leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity - work that continues to be vital today.

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