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Iowans With Felony Convictions Reflect On The Value Of Voting Ahead Of Election Day

Element5 Digital
Tens of thousands of Iowans with felony convictions will have the chance to vote in November. For some, it's been years of waiting.

On August 5th, Governor Reynolds signed an executive order automatically restoring the right to vote to tens of thousands of Iowans convicted of felonies. On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks policy and politics with two Iowans with felony convictions who will be able to vote for the first time in years this November.

Daniel Zeno, policy and advocacy director for the ACLU of Iowa also joins the program to offer a guide on voting for Iowans with felony convictions interested in casting a vote on or before Election Day.


  • Eric Harris, Iowa City voter
  • Jamie Auchenbaugh, Council Bluffs voter
  • Daniel Zeno, policy and advocacy director, ACLU of Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa