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Gov. Reynolds signs executive order restoring ex-offender voting rights, removing Iowa’s last-in-the-nation status


Des Moines Register: Thousands of Iowans with felony convictions who have served their sentences will be allowed to vote in November’s presidential election after Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an executive order Wednesday restoring their voting rights. Reynolds signed the executive order Wednesday morning in her office at the Iowa Capitol, flanked by a group of local leaders and legislators. Reynolds’ signature on the executive order comes 50 days after she said in June that she would sign such an order after meeting twice with activists from Des Moines Black Lives Matter, the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa. Since that pledge, Des Moines Black Lives Matter organizers have continued to pressure Reynolds to act quickly. Des Moines Black Lives Matter organizers are hosting a 5:30 p.m. press conference on the organization’s Facebook and Instagram, according to a release. 

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