Iowa elections, 2012

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1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of Iowa held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:

On the 2012 ballot Click here for all
November 6, 2012
Election Results
U.S. Senate Defeatedd Preview Article
U.S. House (4 seats) Approveda
State Executives Defeatedd N/A
State Senate (26 seats) Approveda Preview Article
State House (100 seats) Approveda
Ballot measures (0 measures) Defeatedd N/A

2012 Elections

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For election results in the 50 states, see our November 6, 2012 election results page

Elections by type

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Iowa, 2012

Iowa lost a seat from redistricting.

Members of the U.S. House from Iowa -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 3 2
     Republican Party 2 2
Total 5 4
District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Bruce Braley
Republican Party Ben Lange
IndependentGregory Hughes
IndependentGeorge Todd Krail II
Bruce Braley Democratic Party Bruce Braley No
2nd Democratic Party Dave Loebsack
Republican Party John Archer
Dave Loebsack Democratic Party Dave Loebsack No
3rd Democratic Party Leonard Boswell
Republican Party Tom Latham
IndependentDavid Rosenfeld
IndependentScott G. Batcher
Leonard Boswell Republican Party Tom Latham Yes
4th Democratic Party Christie Vilsack
Republican Party Steve King
IndependentMartin James Monroe
Tom Latham Republican Party Steve King No
5th District Removed in Redistricting Steve King N/A N/A
See also: Iowa State Senate elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Democrats maintain partisan control in the state senate.

Iowa State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election'
     Democratic Party 26 26
     Republican Party 24 23
     Vacancy 1
Total 50 50

See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Republicans maintain partisan control in the state house.

Iowa House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 40 47
     Republican Party 59 53
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 100 100

Eligibility to Vote


Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

Iowa is one of 21 states to use a strictly closed primary system. While Iowa has closed caucuses, voters may change registration at polls. Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by May 26, 2012 , which was 10 days before the primary took place.[1] Voters also had the opportunity to register at the polls on Election Day.[2] (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote is 10 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 27.[3]

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee Voting


All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Iowa. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[6]


To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the election office by 5 p.m. the Friday before the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be postmarked the day before Election Day and received by noon on the Monday following the election.[6]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Iowa is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins as soon as ballots are made available and ends on the day prior to Election Day. If polls open at noon, then early voting would occur from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Election Day as well.[7]

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