Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
"When an individual commits a felony, it is fair they earn their rights back by paying restitution to their victim, court costs, and fines... Iowa has a good and fair policy on the restoration of rights for convicted felons, and to automatically restore the right to vote without requiring the completion of the responsibilities associated with the criminal conviction would damage the balance between the rights and responsibility of citizens...
Too often victims are forgotten and it is important victims of felonies and serious crimes receive their restitution."
"Branstad, Reynolds Streamline Restoration of Voting Rights Application," governor.iowa.gov, Dec. 28, 2012
Experts PhD's, JD's (lawyers), Judges, Members of Congress, Secretaries of States, members of state and federal legislative bodies, Executive Branch officials with significant involvement in felon voting issues, and individuals with graduate degrees and significant post-graduate involvement in felon voting issues.[Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Governor of Iowa (Republican), Jan. 14, 2011-present
Chair, National Governors Association
Chair, Midwestern Governors Association
Former Director, Cemen Tech Inc., Advanced Analytical Technologies, Inc., Liberty Bank FSB, and Conmed Healthcare Management, Inc.
President, Des Moines University (DMU), Aug. 2003-Oct.2009
Chair, President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education, 2001-2002
Former Partner, Kaufman, Pattee, Branstad & Miller (public policy firm)
Former Founding Partner, Branstad and Associates, LLC
Governor of Iowa (Republican), Jan. 13, 1983-Jan. 14, 1999