(Des Moines) The U-S Attorney-General is calling on states to repeal laws that deny convicted felons the right to vote. And, that's not "sitting well" with the Governor of Iowa.
"I'm disappointed that the Attoreny General of the United States who also was involved in that fast and furious project to give guns to drug smugglers in Mexico would criticize Iowa without even knowing the Iowa constitution."
Terry Branstad claims the state's constitution expressly reserves the power to restore voting rights to felons to the office of the governor.
Senate Democrats are working on a bill that would automatically restore voting rights to convicted felons who've "repaid debt to society". But, the Governor says he's not the only one who thinks that bill is "Unconstitutional". Branstad says he's never refused to restore voting rights to any convicted felon who's served their time and is current on repayment or victims' restitution.
Iowa Radio Network