Just after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Bob Hackbarth walked into the Barlow Memorial Library, scanned his driver’s license and picked up a ballot. It was a first for the 46-year-old Iowa Falls man, and something he’s waited 20 years to do.
Hackbarth is one of thousands of Iowans who regained their right to vote when Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an executive order restoring the voting rights of felons who’ve completed their sentences. In the ’90s, at age 17, Hackbarth said he “got in trouble” and never got the chance to vote. Not that he really cared back then.