DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A battle between two Des Moines politicians seeking an Iowa Senate seat could have a sweeping impact on voter eligibility in Iowa.
Tony Bisignano is running for the seat Jack Hatch is vacating in his bid for governor. Bisignano was convicted of drunken driving in January and his primary opponent, Ned Chiodo, says that the aggravated misdemeanor keeps Bisignano from voting or holding public office.
Chiodo's attorney, Gary Dickey, argues that the aggravated misdemeanor falls under the state's constitutional definition of an infamous crime.
A three-member panel disagreed with Dickey on Friday, but the appeal could go all the way to the state Supreme Court.
The panel said a 1994 state law clearly defines infamous crimes as state felonies and crimes considered felonies under federal statutes.