Felon Voting Rights

If you are eligible to vote, and just need the link to register online, you can register via the Iowa DOT at this link. 

Also, the ACLU of Iowa has put together a very helpful website for those with a past conviction to understand if and how they can vote. It is available at https://www.youcanvoteiowa.org/


Explanation of voting rights after discharge of supervision

A person convicted of a felony loses his or her voting rights in Iowa. However, under Executive Order 7, Governor Reynolds is restoring the voting rights to many Iowans immediately after discharge of their sentences.


This means that a person who completes his or her prison sentence and any probation, parole, work release, or special sentence has their voting rights restored immediately without any further action, with one exception.


Those convicted of any of the felony homicide code sections (Section 707.1 through 707.11) are not covered by Executive Order 7. Individuals convicted of one of those crimes will need to apply to the Governor for restoration of voting rights. The application can be found at the Governor’s website at governor.iowa.gov.


If you plan to vote in an upcoming election, you may wish to register prior to the election. Information on voter registration, and an application can be found on the Secretary of State’s website at sos.iowa.gov. In Iowa, voters can also register on the day of the election at their voting location. To find your voting location and more information about election-day registration, you may use the Secretary of State’s website at sos.iowa.gov

If you have been convicted of a felony and are unsure if you have discharged your supervision, you may contact the Iowa Dept. of Corrections to assist you at 515-725-5701.


Further information on Executive Order 7 is available at governor.iowa.gov and https://governor.iowa.gov/services/voting-rights-restoration


If you are unsure whether or not you have discharged your felony conviction, you may wish to review the information found under our "offender search" feature, which will provide more information on criminal convictions that resulted in supervision at https://doc.iowa.gov/offender/search 





Printed from the Iowa Department of Corrections website on October 18, 2021 at 2:17pm.