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UPCOMING DATES
September 12, 2017
Iowa : School Election Day
October 10, 2017
Iowa : City Primary Election
November 7, 2017
Iowa : Regular City Election
December 5, 2017
Iowa : City Runoff Election

Did You Know?

DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Iowa

A culture known as the Effigy Moundbuilders inhabited northeastern Iowa between 1400 and 750 B.C. The more than 200 mounds of earth that remain within Effigy Mounds National Monument—several shaped like animals such as bears, birds and bison—were believed to have been used for ceremonial purposes or to track celestial events.

Sergeant Charles Floyd was the only member of the Corps of Discovery to die during the Lewis and Clark expedition exploring the unchartered West. On August 20, 1804, he succumbed to infection caused by a ruptured appendix. A 100-foot obelisk marks his final resting place in Sioux City.

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When the Winnebago Indians were forced to leave their homeland in Wisconsin in 1840, the U.S. government offered the tribe protection on their new temporary land in Iowa from other tribes and illegal settlers. Completed in 1842, Fort Atkinson was the only fort built by the United States to protect one Indian tribe from another.

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Since 1972, Iowa has kicked off the presidential primary process by holding the nation’s first caucuses. When a largely unknown Jimmy Carter became the frontrunner in the 1976 Democratic caucus, the national attention he received ultimately helped him to win the presidency—and solidified the importance of the Iowa caucuses.

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Iowa is the largest producer of corn in the United States. In 2011, famers harvested more than 2.3 billion bushels.

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State of Iowa Quick Facts
  • Current Population:3,123,899
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 10 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: Yes
  • Early Voting: Yes
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: No
  • Electoral Colleges: 6
  • Congressional Districts: 4
  • Date of Statehood: December 28, 1846
  • Size: 56,273 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Hawkeye State
  • Tree: Oak
  • Flower: Wild Rose
  • Bird: Eastern Goldfinch
Registered Voters

Grand Total: 2,113,230

Total Active: 1,926,973

  • Democrat Active : 610,608
  • Republican Active : 639,476
  • No party active : 670,068
  • Other Active : 6,821

Total Inactive: 186,257

  • Demcrat Inactive : 57,344
  • Republican Inactive : 42,550
  • No Party Inactive : 85,453
  • Other Inactive : 910

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in Iowa?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of Iowa.

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  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?
    IOWA : Yes

    You may register to vote on Election Day at the polling place for the precinct where you currently live. If you register to vote on Election Day, you will be required to show proof of both residency and identity.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in Iowa?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of Iowa, voters have the following options :

    Online

    Iowa enables residents to register through their online voter registration portal

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

    Any person entitled to vote at an election in this state who does not have three consecutive hours in the period between the time of the opening and the time of the closing of the polls during which the person is not required to be present at work for an employer, is entitled to such time off from work time to vote as will in addition to the person's nonworking time total three consecutive hours during the time the polls are open. Application by any employee for such absence shall be made individually and in writing prior to the date of the election, and the employer shall designate the period of time to be taken. The employee is not liable to any penalty nor shall any deduction be made from the person's regular salary or wages on account of such absence.

    Iowa State Government

    Iowa Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    We the people of the state of IOWA, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of those blessings, do ordain and establish a free and independent government, by the name of the state of Iowa.

    All men are, by nature, free and equal, and have certain inalienable rights - among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness.

    All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for the protection, security, and benefit of the people, and they have the right, at all times, to alter or reform the same, whenever the public good may require it.

    The Executive Branch
    State Capitol: Grand Ave. and E. 12th St.,Des Moines, Iowa

    Executive Power

    The Supreme Executive power of this state shall be vested in a Chief Magistrate, who shall be styled the Governor of the State of Iowa.

    Iowa Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Elected)
  • The Auditor (Elected)
  • Legislative Branch
    State Capitol: Grand Ave. and E. 12th St.,Des Moines, Iowa

    Legislative Power

    The powers of the government of Iowa shall be divided into three separate departments-the Legislative, the Executive, and the Judicial: and no person charged with the exercise of powers properly belonging to one of these departments shall exercise any function appertaining to either of the others, except in cases hereinafter expressly directed or permitted.

    The Legislative authority of this state shall be vested in a General Assembly, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives: and the style of every law shall be. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa.

    The members of the House of Representatives shall be chosen every second year, by the qualified electors of their respective districts, [on the second Tuesday in October,* except the years of the Presidential election, when the election shall be on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November;]* and their term of office shall commence on the first day of January next after their election, and continue two years, and until their successors are elected and qualified.

    The Iowa State Senate is the upper house in the Iowa General Assembly. It consists of 50 members, each representing a district with about 59,500 residents.

    The Iowa House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Iowa State Legislature. It has 100 elected representatives, representing 100 districts and meets at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.

    Judicial Branch
    Iowa Supreme court

    Judicial Power

    The judicial power shall be vested in a Supreme Court, District Courts, and such other courts, inferior to the Supreme Court, as the General Assembly may, from time to time, establish.

    The Supreme Court shall consist of three Judges, two of whom shall constitute a quorum to hold Court.

    The Court of Appeals is the state’s, intermediate appellate court with jurisdiction to hear appealed cases assigned to the Court of Appeals by the Supreme Court.

    The Iowa District Court was established as a unified trial court,effective July 1,1973, by the Unified Trial Court Act of 1972, which also abolished all trial courts below the district court such as justice of the peace courts. The district court has general jurisdiction of all civil, criminal, and juvenile cases and probate matters in the state. The district court sits in all county seats.

    Iowa Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(100)
    (41)(59)
    State Senators(50)
    (19)(29)(1)
    US Representatives(4)
    (1)(3)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Iowa Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    He shall transact all executive business with the officers of government, civil and military, and may require information in writing from the officers of the executive department upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices. Duty as to state accounts, 79.8 of the code.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the Office of Governor, or Lieutenant Governor, who shall not have been a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the State, two years next preceding the election, and attained the age of thirty years at the time of said election.

    Election

    The governor shall be elected by the qualified electors at the time and place of voting for members of the General Assembly, and shall hold his office two years from the time of his installation, and until his successor is elected and qualified.

    Term of Office

    Shall hold his office two years from the time of his installation

    Limit on Tenure

    Until his successor is elected and qualified.

    Salary

    $130,000

    Qualification age

    At least 30 years old by the time of election.

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    The governor and the lieutenant governor shall be elected by the qualified electors at the time and place of voting for members of the general assembly..

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of Governor, or Lieutenant Governor, who shall not have been a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the State, two years next preceding the election, and attained the age of thirty years at the time of said election.

    Election

    There shall be a Lieutenant Governor, who shall hold his office two years, and be elected at the same time as the Governor. In voting for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, the electors shall designate for whom they vote as Governor, and for whom as Lieutenant Governor. The returns of every election for Governor, and Lieutenant Governor, shall be sealed up and transmitted to the seat of government of the State, directed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, who shall open and publish them in the presence of both Houses of the General Assembly.

    Term of Office

    Shall hold his office two years, and be elected at the same time as the governor.

    Limit on Tenure

    Until their successors are elected and qualified.

    Salary

    $103,212

    Qualification age

    At least 30 years old by the time of election.

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    The general assembly shall provide, by law, for the election of an attorney general by the people.

    Qualifications

    The attorney general must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States and a resident of Iowa. The number of years one must reside in Iowa to qualify is unspecified.

    Election

    The general assembly shall provide, by law, for the election of an attorney general by the people, whose term of office shall be four years, and until his successor is elected and qualifies.

    Term of Office

    Serve four-year terms.

    Limit on Tenure

    The attorney general is not restricted by term limits.

    Salary

    $123,669

    Qualification age

    Must be at least 18 years of age.

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    A secretary of state, an auditor of state and a treasurer of state shall be elected by the qualified electors at the same time that the governor is elected and for a four-year term commencing on the first day of January next after their election, and they shall perform such duties as may be provided by law.

    Qualifications

    Must be a citizen of the United States, Must be a legal resident of the state of Iowa

    Election

    A secretary of state, an auditor of state and a treasurer of state shall be elected by the qualified electors at the same time that the governor is elected and for a four-year term commencing on the first day of January next after their election, and they shall perform such duties as may be provided by law.

    Term of Office

    serve for a term of four years in length

    Limit on Tenure

    Runs concurrently with the term of the governor.

    Salary

    $103,212

    Qualification age

    The Auditor
    Authority

    The auditor of state's powers, term of office, etc. are derived from Article VI of the Iowa Constitution.

    Qualifications

    Election

    A secretary of state, an auditor of state and a treasurer of state shall be elected by the qualified electors at the same time that the governor is elected .

    Term of Office

    Serve for a term of four years in length.

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    In 2016, the auditor received a salary of $103,212, according to the Council of State Governments.

    Qualification age

    Iowa State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    Each House shall sit upon its own adjournments, keep a journal of its proceedings, and publish the same; determine its rules of proceedings, punish members for disorderly behavior, and, with the consent of two thirds, expel a member, but not a second time for the same offense; and shall have all other powers necessary for a branch of the General Assembly of a free and independent State.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be a member of the House of Representatives who shall not have attained the age of twenty-one years, be a citizen of the United States, and shall have been an inhabitant of this State one year next preceding his election, and at the time of his election shall have had an actual residence of sixty days in the County, or District he may have been chosen to represent.

    Election

    Elections are held in even-number years.

    Term of Office

    representatives are elected to two year terms.

    Limit on Tenure

    There are no term limits.

    Salary

    $25,000/year + per diem.

    Qualification age

    who shall not have attained the age of twenty-one years.

    The State Senate
    Authority

    Each House shall sit upon its own adjournments, keep a journal of its proceedings, and publish the same; determine its rules of proceedings, punish members for disorderly behavior, and, with the consent of two thirds, expel a member, but not a second time for the same offense; and shall have all other powers necessary for a branch of the General Assembly of a free and independent State.

    Qualifications

    Senators shall be chosen for the term of four years, at the same time and place as Representatives; they shall be twenty-five years of age, and possess the qualifications of Representatives as to residence and citizenship.

    Election

    Half of the Senate is up for re-election every two years.

    Term of Office

    The senators serve four-year terms.

    Limit on Tenure

    Are not subject to term limit.s

    Salary

    $25,000/year + per diem.

    Qualification age

    they shall be twenty-five years of age.

    Iowa State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    All appeals in Iowa go first to the state supreme court, which then decides to take on the appeal or send it down to the Iowa Court of Appeals. The supreme court also has administrative and supervisory powers over the state's judiciary.

    Qualifications

    Justices must be lawyers admitted to practice in Iowa. They must be able to serve a full term of office before reaching the mandatory retirement age of 72.

    Election

    The Judges of the Supreme Court shall be elected by the qualified electors of the State, and shall hold their Court at such time and place as the General Assembly may prescribe. The Judges of the Supreme Court so elected, shall be classified so that one Judge shall go out of office every two years; and the Judge holding the shortest term of office under such classification, shall be Chief Justice of the Court, during his term, and so on in rotation. After the expiration of their terms of office, under such classification, the term of each Judge of the Supreme Court shall be six years, and until his successor shall have been elected and qualified. The Judges of the Supreme Court shall be ineligible to any other office in the State, during the term for which they shall have been elected.

    Term of Office

    who serve eight-year terms

    Limit on Tenure

    Retirement age of 72.

    Chief salary

    $179,000

    Associates salary

    $171,000

    Qualification age

    The Court Of Appeals
    Authority

    It reviews appeals from trial court decisions that have been transferred to the Court of Appeals by the Supreme Court.

    Qualifications

    Licensed to practice law in Iowa, a resident of the state of Iowa,a member of the Iowa State Bar,under the age of 72

    Election

    The judges are appointed by the governor to six-year terms from a list of three nominees selected by the State Judicial Nominating Commission.

    Term of Office

    Six-year term.

    Limit on Tenure

    The mandatory retirement age in Iowa is 72, after which some judges go on senior status.

    Salary

    $155,000

    Qualification age

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