Iowa state legislative special elections, 2011

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2011 State Legislative
Special Elections

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In 2011, three special elections were held for the Iowa State Legislature. These elections were called to fill vacancies in the Iowa State Senate, Districts 18, 35, and 48.

How vacancies are filled

The governor of Iowa is required within five days of a vacancy in the General Assembly to call for a special election. If the vacancy happens in session, the governor must call for an election as soon as possible with a minimum 18 day notice. All other special elections require a 45 day notice as long the election does not happen on the same day of a school election.[1]

Partisan breakdown

The current partisan breakdown of the Senate is as follows:

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

Special elections

January 4, 2011

January 18, 2011

November 8, 2011

See also