Article II, Iowa Constitution

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Article II of the Iowa Constitution is entitled Rights of Suffrage. It has seven sections.

Section 1

Text of Section 1:


Every citizen of the United States of the age of twenty-one years, who shall have been a resident of this state for such period of time as shall be provided by law and of the county in which he claims his vote for such period of time as shall be provided by law, shall be entitled to vote at all elections which are now or hereafter may be authorized by law. The general assembly may provide by law for different periods of residence in order to vote for various officers or in order to vote in various elections. The required periods of residence shall not exceed six months in this state and sixty days in the county.[1]

Repealed and rewritten in 1970 with the approval of Amendment. See Amendments 19 and 26 to United States Constitution.

Section 2

Text of Section 2:

Privileged from Arrest

Electors shall, in all cases except treason, felony, or breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest on the days of election, during their attendance at such election, going to and returning therefrom.[1]

Section 3

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From Military Duty

No elector shall be obliged to perform military duty on the day of election, except in time of war, or public danger.[1]

Section 4

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Persons in Military Service

No person in the military, naval, or marine service of the United States shall be considered a resident of this state by being stationed in any garrison, barrack, or military or naval place, or station within this state.[1]

Section 5

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Disqualified Persons

A person adjudged mentally incompetent to vote or a person convicted of any infamous crime shall not be entitled to the privilege of an elector.[1]

Section 6

Text of Section 6:


All elections by the people shall be by ballot.[1]

Section 7

Text of Section 7:

General Election

The general election for state, district, county and township officers in the year 1916 shall be held in the same month and on the same day as that fixed by the laws of the United States for the election of presidential electors, or of president and vice-president of the United States; and thereafter such election shall be held at such time as the general assembly may by law provide.[1]

Repealed and rewritten in 1916 with the approval of Amendment. For statutory provisions, see §39.1 of the Code.

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