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This page contains extensive information about ballot access requirements for state and federal candidates running for elected office in the state of Iowa. Offices included are:

This page contains information on specific filing dates for each election year, how to become a candidate, how to create a political party, campaign finance requirements, state agency contacts involved in the election process, and term limits in Iowa. Information on running for election as a presidential candidate or for county and municipal offices is not included.

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Year-specific dates


See also: Iowa elections, 2014

Iowa will have a primary election on June 3, 2014 and a general election on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect candidates to serve in the following state and federal offices:

The filing deadline for primary candidates is March 14, 2014. Only the two major parties, Democratic and Republican, may participate in the primary election. For general election candidates the filing deadline is August 15, 2014.[1]

Deadline Event
March 14, 2014 Candidate filing deadline for the primary election
June 3, 2014 Primary election date
August 15, 2014 Candidate filing deadline for the general election
November 4, 2014 General election

Political parties

See also: List of political parties in the United States

As of November 2013, there are two recognized political parties in Iowa.[2]

Party Website link By-laws/Platform link
Democratic Party platform
Republican Party platform

Election-related agencies

See also: State election agencies

Candidates running for office will require some form of interaction with the following agencies:

Iowa Secretary of State Office:

Why: Oversees candidate filing and election procedures.
First Floor, Lucas Building
321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
Telephone: 515-281-0145
Toll Free: 1-888-767-8683
Fax: 515-281-4682

Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board:

Why: Oversees financial reporting for campaigns.
510 E 12th St, Ste 1A
Des Moines, IA 50319
Telephone: (515) 281-4028
Fax: (515) 281-4073

Term limits

State executives

Portal:State Executive Officials
See also: State executives with term limits and States with gubernatorial term limits

Iowa does not place term limits on state executives.

State legislators

See also: State legislatures with term limits

Iowa does not place term limits on state legislators.

Congressional partisanship

See also: List of United States Representatives from Iowa and List of United States Senators from Iowa

Here is the current partisan breakdown of the congressional members from Iowa:

Congressional Partisan Breakdown from Iowa
Party U.S. Senate U.S. House Total
     Democratic Party 0 1 1
     Republican Party 2 3 5
TOTALS as of March 2015 2 4 6

State legislative partisanship

Portal:State legislatures

Here is the current partisan breakdown of members of the state legislature of Iowa:

State Senate

Party As of March 2015
     Democratic Party 26
     Republican Party 24
Total 50

State house

Party As of March 2015
     Democratic Party 43
     Republican Party 57
Total 100

See also

Figure 1: This is a Statement of Organization form for candidates running for election in Iowa.

External links

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