July 5, 2015 by skokielib
The right is always ranting about all the voter fraud. Illegal immigrants. Multiple votes. Dead people voting (no, this no longer happens in Chicago). But the statistics show voter fraud is very rare.
Iowa resident Kelli Jo Griffin was convicted of a low level drug related offense. At the time of the case, she was told that once she completely probation, she would be able to vote.
Then Republican Governor Terry Branstad changed the law (I guess republicans don’t like the pro pot crowd voting for Democrats). But it wasn’t well publicized. So Ms. Griffin voted.
Then she was arrested and charged with voter fraud. However, a jury of her peers acquitted her in just 40 minutes.
The ACLU fought for her and won. And now they are fighting to change the law so that others with low level felonies can legally vote again without having to go through rigorous challenges to regain their right. Which of course the GOP doesn’t like. Because they do anything they can do to make voting harder for non-rich white old people to vote.