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January 12th, 2011

Secretary of State Schultz Asks Branstad to Rescind Executive Order 42

Secretary of State Matt Schultz, today, sent a letter to Governor-elect Terry E. Branstad asking him to rescind Executive Order 42.

Executive Order 42 removed the requirement that individuals convicted of a felony or aggravated misdemeanor apply to have their right to vote restored.  Governor Thomas J. Vilsack signed this Executive Order on July 4, 2005.

“As Iowa’s chief election officer, I see significant benefit in reinstating the requirement that offenders make application to have their right to vote restored,” said Secretary Schultz.  “Before an individual convicted of a crime in the state of Iowa should be considered to have their right to vote restored, they should make application and have completed their obligations to Iowa and the victims of the crime.”

The Iowa Constitution and the Code of Iowa allow a convicted offender, through an application process initiated by the offender, the opportunity to regain their right to vote.  Other items included in this process are serving their sentence, remitting to the state their fines, court costs and restitution.  The first step in the process to restore their right to vote must be the application filed by the offender.

“Provisions are set forth in our laws for any convicted offender to obtain their right to vote,” said Schultz.  “I strongly believe that these provisions need to be adhered to now and in the future.  This will send a message to Iowa’s voters that their voting privilege is sacred and will not be compromised in any way.”

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