Iowa elections, 2013
Iowa election information for 2013 is listed below.
|On the 2013 ballot|
Exceptions include special elections
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November 5, 2013
There are several special elections scheduled for the state of Iowa in 2013.
Elections by type
State Senate District 13
- Sen. Kent Sorenson (R) resigned on October 2 after allegations of violating ethics rules. A special election has been called for November 19. Democrats caucused to select their nominee on October 21, while Republicans selected theirs on October 17. Mark Davitt and Julian B. Garrett will face off in the November 19 special election. 
- Related: See election information here.
State House District 33
- Kevin McCarthy (D) resigned on August 15, 2013, to work in the Iowa Attorney General's office. A special election was called for October 22, which Brian Meyer won. The filing period ended on September 27.
- Related: See election results here.
State House District 52
- Brian Quirk (D) resigned his District 52 seat in the Iowa House of Representatives on November 28, 2012, to take a job as general manager of the New Hampton Municipal Light Plant. He had just won re-election on November 6. The special election was held on January 22, 2013. Todd Prichard won the seat.
- Related: See election results here.
Voting in Iowa
- See also: Voting in Iowa
Important voting information
- Iowa has a mixed primary system. The caucuses are closed, but voters may change registration at polls.
- The deadline for registration is 10 days prior to the election.
- As of April 2015, Iowa is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.
- See also: Absentee voting by state
For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in Iowa, please visit our absentee voting by state page.
- 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.
Elections Performance Index
Iowa ranked 19th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Iowa received an overall score of 67 percent.
- desmoinesregister.com, "Special election to replace Sorenson in Senate is Nov. 19," October 8, 2013
- sos.iowa.gov, "State House District 33 - 10/22/2013 Special Election," accessed August 19, 2013
- sos.iowa.gov, "Official candidate list," accessed October 1, 2013
- therepublic.com, "Des Moines councilman, a Democrat, wins special election to fill Iowa House District 33 seat," October 23, 2013
- Globe Gazette, "House District 52 special election set," December 1, 2012
- WCF Courier, "Quirk leaves statehouse for new job; retired coach to seek seat," November 30, 2012
- Iowa Secretary of State, "Candidate list January 22, 2013 special election," accessed January 3, 2013
- The Iowa Republican, "Democrat Prichard Wins HD52 Special Election," January 22, 2013
- Iowa Secretary of State Website, "Absentee Voting in Person," accessed December 19, 2013
- Pew Charitable Trusts, "Election Performance Index Report," accessed April 23, 2014
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