No matter who is in office, the ACLU of Iowa works tirelessly to defend the voting rights of all Iowans.

But now in Iowa, more than ever, efforts to make it harder for people to vote are underway. Our politicians and even our Iowa Secretary of State have attempted to engage in voter suppression, for example, by shortening early voting from 40 to 29 days, and implementing a voter ID law. 

People of color, people with low incomes, senior citizens, and people with disabilities are less likely to have required forms of state-issued photo IDs. But through lawsuits, education, and advocacy, the ACLU of Iowa is fighting back against any efforts by politicians to make it harder for qualified Iowans to vote at every turn.

Voter ID Laws

Iowa passed a voter ID law in 2016. As of fall 2017, we are currently working through the administrative rules process to lessen the harmful impact of this law on Iowans. 

Voting Rights for Those With Criminal Convictions

Iowa remains just one of three states that imposes lifetime voting bans on people with felonies, even after they have completed their criminal sentences. The ACLU of Iowa contested this with a case, Kelli Griffin v. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate,  that ended up in front of the Iowa Supreme Court. The lawsuit was not successful, however, and so now the ACLU is advocating for a change in the Iowa Constitution that will allow the more than 50,000 Iowans who have a felony conviction in their background to cast their vote. Find out more.

Click here for the ACLU of Iowa’s guide to help Iowans with a criminal background determine if you can vote, and if not, how to get your right to vote restored.




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