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The February 2019 Iowa caucus was a disaster filled with errors, confusion, and mismanagement. The voting technology was insufficient and reported bugs in the new software. The voting was conducted through a smartphone app with questionable security measures. Officials claim there was no hacking or malfunction that occurred with the app, but that it was an issue of communicating with party officials. Iowa Democratic Party leaders refused to reveal the name of the app developer, citing safety concerns. However, it is now known the for-profit company is Shadow Inc., which lauds itself as “affordable” and “easy-to-use.”

In the 2020 election, 1,001,573 absentee ballots were cast, compared to the 698,557 ballots cast in person on election day. As of 11/3/2020, Iowa recorded 148,988 inactive voters. Overall, Iowa cast 1,700,130 ballots, putting total state turnout at about 75%. The state favored incumbent Donald J. Trump, who won its 6 electoral votes with 53.1% of the popular vote. Iowa has voted for both Democrat and Republican presidential candidates, but is now considered to be a safe state for Republicans.

Iowa has a bicameral legislature with 50 senators and 100 representatives. Republicans have held the majority in both chambers since 2017. Governor Kim Reynolds’ (R) current term ends in 2023. She will be eligible to run for re-election.

Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseNo excuse required.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
AutomaticNoMail-in ballot applications affirmatively sent out to every registered voter. No Legislative Activity
Deadline5:00 PM on the Friday before election. No ChangesSF 413 (Passed)
Sec. 43
Moves first day for absentee ballot application from 120 days to 70 days before Election Day.
Valid for X# of CyclesSame cycle onlyNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

Iowa averages a 53% rating, reflecting its right leaning position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.