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Iowa governor to propose ending voting ban for people with felony convictions

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15.01.2019

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) is reportedly set to propose a constitutional amendment that would restore voting rights to people with felony convictions in the state, The Des Moines Register reported Tuesday morning.

Right now, Iowa is one of just two states that permanently bars returning citizens from voting, but Reynolds is set to give her Condition of the State speech Tuesday and will highlight, according to the Register, “the beauty of grace” and second chances.

“Talk with someone who, by their own actions, hit rock bottom but decided to turn their life around,” Reynolds said in prepared remarks shared with the Register ahead of Tuesday’s speech. “Watch their face light up when they tell you about the person who offered them a helping hand…. There are few things as powerful as the joy of someone who got a second chance and found their purpose.”

Currently, the only way returning citizens can have........

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