November 15, 2014 10:00 pm -

Gripping story from an Iowa woman arrested in 2013.

Two months after I cast my ballot as a civics lesson for my daughter, the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation agents parked across the street from my house, questioned me, and eventually arrested me and charged me with voter fraud.

Let me explain: When I was convicted on a nonviolent drug charge in 2008, my defense attorney told me that once I served my probation, I would regain my right to vote automatically – correct information at the time. But Gov. Terry Branstad suddenly changed the rules in 2011, and now all citizens with a felony conviction lose their voting rights for life. Our Secretary of State Matt Schultz, in fact, has made this subversion of democracy a point of pride. He has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars hunting down and prosecuting people with past convictions who unknowingly registered or cast a vote.[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

10 responses to Arrested For Voting

  1. mea_mark November 15th, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    This is so wrong it is ridiculous.

  2. allison1050 November 15th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Nothing like control is there.

  3. searambler November 15th, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Republican politicians are assholes…..

    • fahvel November 16th, 2014 at 3:29 am

      shakespear couldn’t have saideth it better!!!

  4. mrsgunka November 15th, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    If they catch all the Republican politicians in Iowa doing what so many of them do, there won’t be anyone left to run for office or even vote! 🙂 Wonder what they have on Joni Ernst?She is known for her castrating abilities. It might be illegal in DC! I can’t explain what happened to Iowa, but it wasn’t that way when I grew up there. So sad.

  5. Snick1946 November 16th, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I was born and grew up in Iowa. For a time in the 70’s and 80’s it was a truly competitive state with moderates in both parties. Now it is as if some darkness has failen over the state. A lot of it has to do with the infiltration of evangelicals into and taking over the GOP. Part of it is Iowa’s governor for life Terry Branstad who thinks he IS the office and seems to get more and more into one man rule all the time. I live in NE and used to think when I retired I’d move back there, no more. Most of the GOP office holders are bible banging doofuses.

  6. StoneyCurtisll November 16th, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I dont know the law in Iowa, but I bet she can still legally buy a gun..
    But cannot vote.

  7. R.J. Carter November 17th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    I believe the US Constitution has a protection against ex post facto laws.

  8. Matt Dillon November 19th, 2014 at 7:50 am

    It is incumbent upon us as citizens to know the law.

  9. Budda November 22nd, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Surprised they didn’t call out the swat team