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Court ruling a blow for 5 felons charged with voting in 2012

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court decision upholding the state's policy of disenfranchising felons could soon help send five of them to prison for voting.

The court's 4-3 decision Thursday was a blow to five Waterloo residents, who've been charged with voting in the 2012 presidential election despite being ineligible felons.

All five are scheduled to face separate trials in Black Hawk County later this month. If convicted of election misconduct, they face up to five years in prison.

Their cases were put on hold pending Thursday's decision. Their defense had been hoping for a ruling that could have restored their voting rights and thwarted their prosecution.

The cases will hinge on whether they cast ballots despite knowing they were ineligible. Many felons were confused about their eligibility due to policy changes.

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