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Secretary Pate Statement on Iowa Supreme Court Decision
Paul D. Pate
Secretary of State
State Capitol
Des Moines, IA 50319
Iowa Secretary of State Seal WEBSITE: sos.iowa.gov
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OFFICE OF THE IOWA SECRETARY OF STATE
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Kevin Hall
Communications Director
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(515) 725-2942
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 30, 2016

Secretary Pate Statement on Iowa Supreme Court Decision


Below is Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate's statement regarding the verdict in the Iowa Supreme Court case, Griffin vs. Pate:

"I applaud the Iowa Supreme Court in their analysis that felonies are infamous crimes, and therefore, felons lose their voting privileges as outlined in the Iowa Constitution. This ruling goes in line with 150 years of precedent and has been reaffirmed by the people of Iowa and their elected representatives on multiple occasions."

"I took an oath to uphold the Iowa Constitution and the laws of our state. That is what I will continue to do and that is what the Iowa Supreme Court did in this case. I agree with Chief Justice Cady, who wrote that the term "infamous crime" was generally recognized to include felonies at the time our Constitution was adopted, and that meaning has not sufficiently changed or evolved to give rise to a different meaning today. My office will continue to work to preserve the integrity and fairness of Iowa elections and strive to help and encourage every eligible Iowan to participate in the electoral process." – Paul Pate, Iowa Secretary of State

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