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Iowa to restore voting rights to ex-felons

[JURIST] Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack [official profile] announced Friday that he will sign an order on July 4 to restore voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences. The decision will end a system that had disqualified one out of every four black Iowans from voting [Sentencing Project backgrounder, PDF]. In total, the order will reinstate the voting rights of approximately 80,000 ex-felons. Read the Governor's press release and watch recorded video of his press conference. The New York Times has more. The Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law provides background on felony disenfranchisement in all 50 states.

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