Iowa high court to consider state's ban on voting by felons

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Posted: Feb 09, 2016 2:26 PM
Iowa high court to consider state's ban on voting by felons

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court will consider whether to relax the state's lifetime ban on voting by convicted felons.

The court said last week it would hear the case, which could clear up confusion over which of the state's tens of thousands of former offenders are eligible to vote.

The ACLU, the NAACP and other groups want justices to restore voting rights to many of them before the November presidential election, when Iowa could be a pivotal state.

Iowa is one of three states that have lifetime voting bans for felons unless their rights are restored by the governor.

At issue is the definition of the phrase "infamous crime" in the Iowa Constitution, which says anyone convicted of that cannot vote.