INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — A convicted felon accused of lying on his voter registration application and voting in the November election has been imprisoned.
William Gibson, of Hazleton, was sentenced Tuesday in Independence to 30 years in prison. He’d pleaded guilty to two counts of election misconduct and a drug possession charge. Each felony count filed against Gibson was enhanced because he is a habitual offender.
Gibson lied on his voter registration application when he attested that he’d never been convicted of a felony, prosecutors have said. He also cast a provisional ballot in the November election. Poll workers suspected he was a convicted felon.
Gibson was on probation for a felony drug offense at the time and has had at least seven felony convictions, prosecutors said.
Iowa bars felons from voting unless the governor or president individually restores the right. Legislative efforts to change those laws have been stymied.