It is reported that Branstad can also be credited for making the application process "easier" in in response to "criticism from voting rights groups." More specifically, he "removed requirements that applicants submit a credit history check and that all court-ordered restitution be paid to victims in full before they apply."
Iowa is now one of only five states that requires the governor to restore the voting rights of convicted felons. Applicants must:
... answer 29 questions, including one requiring them to provide the details of their sentence and others requiring them to provide the current addresses of the judge, prosecutor and defense lawyer involved. They must submit documentation showing they have either paid their restitution and court costs or are working in good faith to do so. And they must undergo a criminal background check through the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. The governor's office decides on applications within six months, granting them as long as the criteria are met.See story here.