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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds reaffirmed her commitment to issuing an executive order that would provide restoration of voting rights for felons during her weekly press conference on Thursday.

“A permanent solution continues to be my priority,” Reynolds said. “I’m going to continue to work for that. But in the interim I’m going to go ahead with an executive order.”

Reynolds said the order will be done in “plenty of time” prior to the 2020 general election. She is shooting for late summer.

Her legal counsel, she said, is meeting with various groups and stakeholders and considering all legal issues.

“We want to make sure that we can eliminate as much confusion as we can,” Reynolds said.

She will not put out a date when she expects the order to be done, though Democrat legislators and Des Moines Black Lives Matter, a group she’s met with multiple times to discuss the issue, have said they’d like to see it done by the Fourth of July.

“I really appreciate all of the groups,” Reynolds said. “Victims and just the various groups that are stakeholders that are meeting with Sam and my team to really walk through some of the things that they would like to highlight and potentially like to see in the executive order.”

Jacob Hall

Author: Jacob Hall