Voting Eligibility for Previous Felony Convictions

Governor Kim Reynolds on August 5, 2020 signed Executive Order #7, which restores voting rights to any person convicted of a felony, except for felonies under Iowa Code Chapter 707 ("Homicide and Related Crimes"), and who has discharged his or her sentence.  The governor will restore voting rights after August 5 in such cases on a daily basis.

Felons whose voting rights are restored do not need documentation in order to register to vote.  They attest to their eligibility when they sign the oath on the voter registration form that swears or affirms under penalty of perjury that, among other things, they have not been convicted of a felony or that they have received a restoration of rights.

Regarding outstanding fines, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says the following:  "You do not have to have paid in full or be on a payment plan to pay off fines, fees, or restitution. Your obligation to pay those hasn’t gone away; those debts simply are no longer tied to your ability to vote."

For the full Executive Order #7, click here.

For common questions about the process answered by the Governor's Office, click here.

For further information provided by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), click here.

For those not covered by the order (felons convicted under Chapter 707), refer to the following:

Click here for step-by-step instructions for Restoration of Voting Rights from the American Civil Liberties Union (dated August, 2016)  This now applies to felons convicted under Chapter 707 ONLY.