Proposed Election Legislation, 2017 Iowa Legislative Session

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Note that similar or identical bills may be introduced in the House and Senate under different bill numbers, and that bill numbers may change.

Main Election Bills

Bill Bill Title Sponsor(s) and status
HF 516

(replaces HSB 93, SSB1163)

 
A bill for an act relating to the conduct and administration of elections, including voter registration, absentee voting, voter identity verification, signature verification, polling place prohibitions, commissioner duties and certifications, voter misconduct information and reporting, straight party voting, and post-election audits, creating an electronic poll book and polling place technology revolving loan fund, providing penalties, and including effective date and applicability provisions. COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT

Passed House 3/9

Passed Senate as amended 3/23

Passed House with additional amendments 4/10

Amendment S 3228 to SF474 replaces entire text with House-passed version Roby Smith

Amendment Passed Senate 3/23;
 SF474 later withdrawn

Amendment S 3231 to H516 Multiple changes to House-passed version of bill:
  • In person early voting reduced from 40 days to 29 days
  • Mailed absentee ballots not sent earlier that 29 days before election
  • Voters who register by mail have to show proof of address before first vote
  • Lowers voting age for primary to 18 by general election date
  • Requires rotation of partisan offices by precinct
  • Increases number of absentee board observers by parties from 1 to 5
  • Birth date required on eligibility slips
  • Secretary of State can review county records
  • Some general election filing deadlines moved five to eight days later
Roby Smith

Amendment adopted

 

Amendment H 1238 to HF516 Changes to ballot rotation provisions of Senate-passed version not listed

Approved as amended 4/10

H 1317 to H1238
  • Removes rotation provisions passed by Senate
  • Increase in absentee observers effective 1/1/18
  • No voter identification cards to voters who have license/nondriver ID
  • Delays allowing voters under age 18 from voting in primary elections until 2020.
Rizer

Amendment adopted 4/10

     
     

 

 

Bill Bill Title Sponsor(s) and status
SF 399 A bill for an act relating to the conduct of elections, including general election ballot vacancies, voter registration, elections administration, absentee voting, and vacancies on school boards and merged area governing boards and including effective date and applicability provisions. (Formerly SSB 1104.) COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT

Committee report approving bill, 3/1

Passed Senate 3/27

Amendment  S 3240 to SF399 Removes reference to straight ticket voting

(Straight ticket voting eliminated under HF516)
CHAPMAN

Amendment approved

Amendment S 3143 to SF399 Includes primary runoff provisions. BOWMAN
Amendment withdrawn
(See also SF483)
Amendment S3144 to SF399 Includes ongoing absentee voter status. JOCHUM

Amendment withdrawn

Amendment S 3147 to SF399 Providing for the registration of eligible electors upon review of electronic records received from driver’s license and nonoperator’s identification card applications, and including effective date provisions. PETERSEN

Amendment withdrawn

HF566 (successor to HF 166) A bill for an act relating to political subdivision elections by changing the date of the election of directors of local school districts, merged areas, and area education agency boards, by providing for the combined administration of regular and special school and city elections, making changes to the administration of elections for political subdivisions located in more than one county, establishing requirements for ballot arrangement and placement for political subdivision offices, and including effective date and applicability and transition provisions. HIGHFILL

Passed subcommittee 2/22

Passed House 3/22

Passed Senate 4/6

 

AmendmentS 3292 to HF566 Delays effective date until counties certify electronic mapping technology Kinney
Amendment defeated
SF483

(successor to SF 33)

A bill for an act requiring that a primary runoff election be held in the event of an inconclusive primary election for certain offices, and including effective date and applicability provisions. ZAUN

2/23 Subcommittee recommends amendment and passage of SF33.

SF483 Passed Senate 3/15

 

Active Bills

Bill Bill Title Sponsor(s) and status
HSB 73 An Act allowing for a township of certain counties (population over 130,000) to petition for annexation by another county. (This would include Johnson County.) (PROPOSED COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT BILL BY CHAIRPERSON RIZER)

Passed House committee 3/1

HSB 78 A bill for an act relating to the conduct of elections, including general election ballot vacancies, voter registration, elections administration, absentee voting, and vacancies on school boards and merged area governing boards and including effective date and applicability provisions. 2/2/17 Subcommittee assigned. Rizer, Hein, Koester, Winckler and Lensing. Secretary of State

Passed House subcommittee 2/20

HF 167 A bill for an act relating to voter registration and voting by lowering the age at which a person may register to vote and the age at which a registered voter is eligible to vote in a primary election and including effective date provisions. HIGHFILL

Passed subcommittee 2/22

Note provisions in HF516

HF 56 A bill for an act lowering the age at which a person may register to vote and including effective date provisions. NUNN

2/14 passed subcommittee

Note provisions in HF516

HF 469 A bill for an act relating to the election of commissioners of soil and water conservation districts. (Formerly HF 244.) COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE

HF244 passed House subcommittee 2/22
HF490 passed Senate subcommittee 3/15
HF469 passed full Senate 4/6

HF 471 A bill for an act relating to election precinct boundaries and consolidations. (Formerly HSB 114.) COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT

HSB114 passed House subcommittee 2/24
HF471 passed Senate subcommittee 3/23
Passed full Senate 4/4

 

Additional Election Bills

 
Bill Bill Title Sponsor(s) and status
HSB 117 A bill for an act relating to limitations on public school district bond elections and including effective date provisions. (PROPOSED COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT BILL BY CHAIRPERSON RIZER)

 

SJR 3 A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Iowa limiting terms of service for members of the general assembly, the governor, the lieutenant governor, the secretary of state, the auditor of state, the treasurer of state, the attorney general, and other elected state executive officials. CHELGREN

 

SJR 5

HJR 8

A joint resolution requesting the call of a constitutional convention in order to propose an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to allow Congress and the states to prohibit or otherwise regulate the expenditure of funds for political speech by any corporation, limited liability company, or other corporate entity. BOLKCOM and KINNEY (Senate)

BENNETT, JACOBY, BROWN-POWERS, ANDERSON, STECKMAN, WOLFE and FINKENAUER (House)

 

SJR 6 A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Iowa to provide home rule for school districts. ZAUN
SJR 7 A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Iowa limiting terms of service for members of the general assembly. BERTRAND
SSB 1066 A bill for an act relating to the Iowa election campaign fund individual income tax checkoff by providing for the repeal of the tax checkoff and the future repeal of the Iowa election campaign fund, and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions. 2/8/17 Feenstra, Edler, and Jochum (PROPOSED COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS BILL BY CHAIRPERSON FEENSTRA)

 

SSB 1151 A bill for an act related to the establishment of satellite absentee voting stations. (PROPOSED COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT BILL BY CHAIRPERSON GARRETT)

 

SF 47 A bill for an act relating to proof of identification and proof of residence in order to register to vote on election day or in person absentee or to vote, establishing a criminal offense for falsely swearing certain oaths and affidavits, and including applicability provisions. ZAUN

(different provisions than HF516)

SF 60 A bill for an act relating to the option of voting straight party. CHELGREN

(All provisions now included in HF516)

SF 61 A bill for an act relating to voter registration and voting by lowering the age at which a person may register to vote and the age at which a registered voter is eligible to vote in a primary election and including effective date provisions. BISIGNANO

(See provisions in HF516)

SF 65 A bill for an act relating to voter registration by providing for the registration of eligible electors upon review of electronic records received from driver’s license and nonoperator’s identification card applications, and including effective date provisions. PETERSEN
SF 101 A bill for an act providing for the nonpartisan election of county officers. D. JOHNSON
SF 112 A bill for an act relating to political subdivision elections by changing the date of the election of directors of local school districts, merged areas, and area education agency boards, by providing for the combined administration of regular and special school and city elections, making changes to the administration of elections for political subdivisions located in more than one county, establishing requirements for ballot arrangement and placement for political subdivision offices, and including effective date and applicability and transition provisions. CHELGREN

(see similar HF566)

SF 159 A bill for an act requiring federal income tax returns of candidates for president and vice president of the United States to be filed with the state commissioner of elections. BOLKCOM, BISIGNANO, TAYLOR, DVORSKY, DOTZLER, JOCHUM, MATHIS and PETERSEN
SF 203 A bill for an act relating to campaign finance by establishing a voter-owned Iowa clean elections Act and fund, providing for funding from specified sources, including an income tax checkoff, providing an income tax exemption for contributions made to the fund, providing penalties, and including effective date provisions. BOLKCOM
SF 263 A bill for an act requiring that elective members of the state and district judicial nominating commissions, and the county magistrate nominating commissions, be elected by the registered voters of the state. GUTH
SF 321 A bill for an act specifying procedures for boundary changes involving the severance from and attachment of territory to a school district by petition and election. CHELGREN
SF 338 A bill for an act relating to school corporations by changing the date of the election of directors of local school districts, merged areas, and area education agency boards and including applicability and transition provisions. BERTRAND

(See similar HF566)

SF 339 A bill for an act relating to the number of days available for voters to vote absentee ballots, and including applicability provisions. BERTRAND
SF 348 A bill for an act requiring that elections for the offices of senator and representative to Congress, governor and lieutenant governor, and senator and representative in the general assembly be conducted by ranked-choice voting in the general and primary elections and including effective date and applicability provisions. BOLKCOM
SF 367 A bill for an act relating to campaigns for public office by requiring certain independent expenditure donor disclosures and providing judicial standards related to libelous statements in published campaign materials. MATHIS
SF 381 A bill for an act providing for the registration of eligible electors upon review of electronic records received from state agencies and including effective date provisions. MATHIS

(See Amendment S 3147)

SF 389 A bill for an act relating to school district funding by establishing a voter-approved district cost equity tax and levy or reduction, modifying provisions establishing the district cost per pupil, and including applicability provisions. QUIRMBACH
HF 54 A bill for an act authorizing certain cities to conduct city elections by absentee ballot. HUNTER
HF 55 A bill for an act allowing registered voters to make applications for absentee ballots through electronic means and making penalties applicable. HUNTER
 
HF 78 A bill for an act providing for ongoing absentee voter status. HUNTER, BENNETT, KEARNS, McCONKEY, LENSING, GASKILL, KACENA, OLDSON and STAED

See Amendment S3144

HF 79 A bill for an act restoring the right to register to vote and to vote and hold elective office for certain persons and including effective date provisions. HUNTER, KEARNS, LENSING, KACENA, OLDSON, STAED, BENNETT and MASCHER
HF 101 A bill for an act relating to campaign finance by establishing a voter-owned Iowa clean elections Act and fund, providing for funding from specified sources, including an income tax checkoff, providing an income tax exemption for contributions made to the fund, providing penalties, and including effective date provisions. HUNTER
HF 141 A bill for an act authorizing a voter-approved increase in the regular program district cost per pupil and including applicability provisions. WINCKLER, GASKILL, STAED, R. SMITH, ABDUL-SAMAD, KACENA, BROWN-POWERS, LENSING, STECKMAN, HUNTER, HANSON, ANDERSON, KEARNS, OURTH, BEARINGER, WOLFE, JACOBY, MASCHER, GAINES and MILLER
HF 150 A bill for an act eliminating election day and in-person absentee voter registration. SALMON, WHEELER, HAGER, SHEETS, FISHER, GASSMAN, WATTS, HOLT, HEARTSILL and BAXTER
HF 168 A bill for an act providing for public financing in certain political campaigns and making appropriations and including applicability provisions. ISENHART
HF 173 A bill for an act requiring that elective members of the state and district judicial nominating commissions, and the county magistrate nominating commissions, be elected by the registered voters of the state. SALMON
HF 201 A bill for an act relating to voter registration and voting by lowering the age at which a person may register to vote and the age at which a registered voter is eligible to vote in a primary election and including effective date provisions. FINKENAUER

(See provisions in HF516)

HF 242 (replaces HF 6) A bill for an act relating to the individual income tax checkoff for the Iowa election campaign fund by providing for the future repeal of the tax checkoff and the Iowa election campaign fund, and including effective date provisions. COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS
HF 247 A bill for an act relating to elections by providing for the registration of eligible electors upon review of electronic records received from state agencies, providing for ongoing absentee voter status, and including effective date provisions. WESSEL-KROESCHELL
HF 294 A bill for an act relating to eligible electors residing in an unincorporated area subject to a city’s zoning ordinance and including applicability provisions. KLEIN
HF 363 A bill for an act changing the date of the primary election. McKEAN
HF 365 A bill for an act providing for the restoration of the right to register to vote and to vote and hold elective office for certain persons and including effective date provisions. MILLER, THEDE, HUNTER, HANSON, KACENA, STAED, ISENHART, GASKILL, KEARNS, BEARINGER, OURTH, STECKMAN, MASCHER, WINCKLER, LENSING, NIELSEN, R. SMITH, BRECKENRIDGE, McCONKEY and WESSEL-KROESCHELL
HF 430 A bill for an act providing for the nonpartisan election and nomination by county primary election of county officers. McKEAN, LUNDGREN, McCONKEY and NUNN
HF 486 Requires a county with a population of 130,000 or  greater to select and maintain a representation plan for the county board of supervisors, whereby the county is divided into districts and members of the board of supervisors must reside in a district and be elected by the registered voters of that district. (This would include Johnson County.) COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Amendment H1209 to HF 486 Would change population requirement to 100,000. HALL

 

Proposed Amendments to HF516

Amendment Description Sponsor(s) and status
H 1116 Strike entire bill R. SMITH

Ruled non-germane

H 1117 Strike entire bill, study minority/women impact   NIELSEN

Amendment defeated

H 1118 Strike entire  bill, establish Voter Impersonation Fraud Task Force MASCHER

Amendment defeated

H 1119 Strike entire voter ID bill, allow permanent vote by mail  requests HUNTER

Amendment defeated

H 1120 Lower voter registration age to 16 STECKMAN

Amendment defeated

H 1121 Pollworkers can't use lack of ID to stop people from voting WINCKLER

Amendment defeated

H 1122 lowers voting age for primary election to 17   STECKMAN

Amendment defeated

H 1123 Requires fiscal analysis of implementing voter ID   COHOON

Withdrawn

H 1124 Requires ballots & instructions in both English and Spanish MASCHER

Withdrawn

H 1125 Allows 5 hours off work to vote (change from present 3 hours)   MASCHER

Withdrawn

H 1126 Removes ID requirements from bill WINCKLER

Amendment defeated

H 1127 ID number provisions in bill would be optional   HUNTER

Amendment defeated

H 1128 Polling place and districts must be on any Secretary of State issued ID MASCHER

Amendment defeated

H 1131 Auditors must notify Secretary of State when compliant with electronic poll books   LENSING, WINCKLER

Amendment defeated

H 1134 Require overhaul of IVoters state voter registration program   MASCHER

Amendment defeated

H 1135 Deletes section of bill which would eliminate straight ticket voting MASCHER

Withdrawn

H 1136 Defines "infamous crime" for purposes of voter registration, voter cancellation HUNTER

Withdrawn

H 1138 Expands acceptable forms of ID HUNTER

Amendment defeated

H 1139 Reporting requirements for county attorney   OLDSON

Withdrawn

H 1140 Secretary of State issued ID must be same as regular voter cards   WINCKLER

Withdrawn

H 1141 No elections 4 weeks either side of general election RIZER

Adopted

H 1145 Expands timeline for post election audits from 21 days to 45 days MASCHER

Amendment defeated

H 1158 Date effective dependent on funding LENSING

Amendment defeated

H 1159 Date effective dependent on funding LENSING

Ruled out of ouder

H1163 Free non-driver ID HUNTER

Amendment defeated

H 1166 Establish voter registration program Wessel-Kroeschell

Amendment defeated

H 1167 Deletes section of bill which would eliminate straight ticket voting T. TAYLOR

Amendment defeated

H 1172 Expand acceptable forms of ID HUNTER

Amendment defeated

Amendment S3229 to HF516 Multiple changes to House-passed version of bill Roby Smith

Amendment Withdrawn

Amendment S 3232  to HF516 Automatic voter registration Mathis

Amendment defeated

Amendment S 3233 to HF516 Ongoing absentee voter status McCoy

Amendment withdrawn

Amendment S 3234  to HF516 Removes signature review Jochum

Amendment defeated

Amendment S 3235 to Amendment S3231 Removes amendment references to in person early voting beginning 29 days before election. Effect would be to keep current law, 40 days before election. Jochum

Amendment defeated

Amendment S 3236 to HF516 Expands forms of ID allowed Allen

Amendment defeated

Amendment S 3237 to HF516 Expands forms of ID allowed and deletes all other provisions of HF516 Bowman

Amendment defeated

 

H 1253 to H1238 Eliminates Senate-passed requirements for party rotation. Delays allowing voters under age 18 from voting in primary elections until 2020. Rizer

out of order

H 1275 to H1238 Eliminates requirement that election day registration voters must cast provisional ballots in precincts without electronic pollbooks Cohoon

Amendment defeated

H 1276 to H1238 automatic restoration of rights Hunter

amendment withdrawn

H 1277 to H1238 automatic voter registration Hunter

Amendment defeated

H 1278 to H1238 ongoing absentee status Hunter

Amendment defeated

H 1279 to H1238 Effective date of HF516 dependent on funding Hunter
H 1280 to H1238 Reguires legal publication of election to include full list of acceptable IDs including election day registration materials Hunter

Amendment defeated

H 1281 to H1238 Would allow use of regular voter registration card as voter ID Winckler

Amendment defeated

H 1282 to H1238 Returns absentee voting period to the current 40 days Mascher

Amendment defeated

H 1283 to H1238 Effective date of HF516 dependent on state not reducing overall appropriations or using emergency funds for 3 years Hall
H 1284 to H1238 Requires overhaul of statewide voter system before 2018 general election Lensing

Amendment defeated

H 1285 to H1238 Notification requirements for overhaul of voter systems Lensing
H 1286 to H1238 Attorney general may review county voter records (change from Secretary of State) Mascher
H 1287 to H1238 Voter registration cards must be mailed next day after issuance Nielsen

Amendment defeated

H 1288 to H1238 Expands acceptable forms of ID Winckler

Amendment defeated

H 1289 to H1238 All precincts must have accessible voting booth; polling place waivers for disability access not allowed. Hunter

ruled non-germane

H 1290 to H1238 Removes requirement that first time voters and voters moving within the county must show proof of address. Steckman

Amendment defeated

H 1316 to H1238 Allow use of last 4 digits of social security number instead of assigned voter PIN Ourth

Amendment defeated

H 1321 to H1238 Delays effective date until fraud statistics certified by Secretary of State and Secretary of State staff Nielsen

ruled non-germane