County News and Expanding the Franchise

Today's show started with Leanne Harter, Story County Outreach Coordinator, reporting on the status of county offices opening, FEMA assistance from the derecheo, and the burning ban.in effect.  Then the focus shifted to voting with excerpts from the Ames League of Women Voters forum/presentation by ISU history professor Brian Behnken entitled "Disenfranchisement, Voting Rights, and the Suffrage." Veronica Lorsen Fowler, communications director for the ACLU of Iowa, spoke to us about  that organization's efforts to restore voting rights to those convicted of felonies. We discussed why Executive Order 7, recently signed by Governor Reynolds is only a temporary and partial solution.

 

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Originally broadcast 10/14/2020
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