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House File 793

HOUSE FILE BY COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT (SUCCESSOR TO HSB 57) Passed House, Date Passed Senate, Date Vote: Ayes Nays Vote: Ayes Nays Approved A BILL FOR 1 An Act relating to the conduct of elections and voter 2 registration by providing when candidates to fill county 3 office vacancies are to be nominated at the primary election, 4 relating to signature requirements on nomination petitions, 5 requiring legislative council approval of certain expenditures 6 for implementation of the Help America Vote Act, relating to 7 use of substitute precinct election officials, relating to 8 ballot printing requirements, modifying closing hours of the 9 polls, modifying identification requirements at the polls, 10 providing grounds for challenging a voter's qualifications, 11 relating to preparation of tally lists, striking the authority 12 of the state or county commissioner to issue a notice of a 13 technical infraction, prohibiting candidates or incumbents 14 from being observers when absentee ballots are counted, 15 clarifying that certain confined persons may vote an absentee 16 ballot in person at the commissioner's office, imposing a 17 prohibition on absentee ballot couriers, prohibiting certain 18 communications when absentee ballots are being counted, 19 exempting military and overseas voters from the identification 20 and verification requirements for mail voter registrants, 21 relating to multiple requests for an absentee ballot for a 22 military and overseas voter, relating to changes of address 1 and replacement absentee ballots for military and overseas 2 voters, exempting military and overseas voters from absentee 3 ballot return restrictions, allowing certain military voters 4 to return absentee ballots from within the United States, 5 striking a requirement related to counting federal write=in 6 ballots, relating to establishment of satellite, absentee 7 voting stations, defining voter registration list, requiring 8 identification of certain voter registrants, relating to 9 signature requirements on voter registration applications, 10 including the social security administration as a verification 11 source for certain voter registration information, requiring 12 verification of certain information on all voter registrations 13 received by mail, specifying the county commissioner as the 14 official responsible for voter registration verification, 15 limiting the dates of special elections on public measures for 16 certain political subdivisions and school corporations, and 17 including effective and applicability date provisions. 18 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 19 HF 793 20 sc/es/25 PAG LIN 1 1 DIVISION I 1 2 GENERAL PROVISIONS RELATING 1 3 TO CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS 1 4 Section 1. Section 43.6, subsection 2, Code 2005, is 1 5 amended to read as follows: 1 6 2. When a vacancy occurs in the office of county 1 7 supervisor or any of the offices listed in section 39.17 and 1 8 more than seventy days remain in the term of office following 1 9 the next general election, the office shall be filled for the 1 10 balance of the unexpired term at that general election unless 1 11 the vacancy has been filled by a special election called more 1 12 than seventy=three days before the primary election. If the 1 13 vacancy occurs more than seventy=three days before the primary 1 14 election, political party candidates for that office at the 1 15 next general election shall be nominated at the primary 1 16 election. If an appointment to fill the vacancy in office is 1 17 made eighty=eight or more days before the primary election and 1 18 a petition requesting a special election has not been received 1 19 within fourteen days after the appointment is made, candidates 1 20 for the office shall be nominated at the primary election. 1 21 Sec. 2. Section 43.14, Code 2005, is amended to read as 1 22 follows: 1 23 43.14 FORM OF NOMINATION PAPERS. 1 24 1. Nomination papers shall include a petition and an 1 25 affidavit of candidacy. All nomination petitions shall be 1 26 eight and one=half by eleven inches in size and in 1 27 substantially the form prescribed by the state commissioner of 1 28 elections. They shall include or provide spaces for the 1 29 following information: 1 30 a. A statement identifying the signers of the petition as 1 31 eligible electors of the appropriate county or legislative 1 32 district and of the state. 1 33 b. The name of the candidate nominated by the petition. 1 34 c. For nomination petitions for candidates for the general 1 35 assembly, a statement that the residence of the candidate is 2 1 within the appropriate legislative district, or if that is not 2 2 true, that the candidate will reside there within sixty days 2 3 before the election. For other offices, a statement of the 2 4 name of the county where the candidate resides. 2 5 d. The political party with which the candidate is a 2 6 registered voter. 2 7 e. The office sought by the candidate, including the 2 8 district number, if any. 2 9 f. The date of the primary election for which the 2 10 candidate is nominated. 2 11 2. Signatures on a petition page shall be counted only if 2 12 the required information required in subsection 1 is written 2 13 or printed at the top of the page. Nomination papers on 2 14 behalf of candidates for seats in the general assembly need 2 15 only designate the number of the senatorial or representative 2 16 district, as appropriate, and not the county or counties, in 2 17 which the candidate and the petitioners reside. A signature 2 18 line shall not be counted if the line lacks the signature of 2 19 the eligible elector and the signer's address and city. The 2 20 person examining the petition shall mark any deficiencies on 2 21 the petition and affidavit. A signature line shall not be 2 22 counted if the signer's address is outside the boundaries of 2 23 the district. 2 24 2. 3. The person examining the petition shall mark any 2 25 deficiencies on the petition and affidavit. Signed nomination 2 26 petitions and the signed and notarized affidavit of candidacy 2 27 shall not be altered to correct deficiencies noted during 2 28 examination. If the nomination petition lacks a sufficient 2 29 number of acceptable signatures, the nomination petition shall 2 30 be rejected and shall be returned to the candidate. 2 31 4. The nomination papers shall be rejected if the 2 32 affidavit lacks any of the following: 2 33 a. The candidate's name. 2 34 b. The name of the office sought, including the district, 2 35 if any. 3 1 c. The political party name. 3 2 d. The signature of the candidate. 3 3 e. The signature of a notary public or other officer 3 4 empowered to witness oaths. 3 5 5. The candidate may replace a deficient affidavit with a 3 6 corrected affidavit only if the replacement affidavit is filed 3 7 before the filing deadline. The candidate may resubmit a 3 8 nomination petition that has been rejected by adding a 3 9 sufficient number of pages or signatures to correct the 3 10 deficiency. A nomination petition and affidavit filed to 3 11 replace rejected nomination papers shall be filed together 3 12 before the deadline for filing. 3 13 Sec. 3. Section 45.5, Code 2005, is amended to read as 3 14 follows: 3 15 45.5 FORM OF NOMINATION PAPERS. 3 16 1. Nomination papers shall include a petition and an 3 17 affidavit of candidacy. All nomination petitions shall be 3 18 eight and one=half by eleven inches in size and shall be in 3 19 substantially the form prescribed by the state commissioner of 3 20 elections. They shall provide spaces for the following 3 21 information: 3 22 a. A statement identifying the signers of the petition as 3 23 eligible electors of the appropriate ward, city, county, or 3 24 legislative district, or other district, and of the state of 3 25 Iowa. 3 26 b. The name of the candidate nominated by the petition. 3 27 c. A statement that the candidate is or will be a resident 3 28 of the appropriate ward, city, county, school district, or 3 29 legislative or other district as required by section 39.27. 3 30 d. The office sought by the candidate, including the 3 31 district number, if any. 3 32 e. The name and date of the election for which the 3 33 candidate is nominated. 3 34 2. Signatures on a petition page shall be counted only if 3 35 the required information required in subsection 1 is written 4 1 or printed at the top of the page. Nomination papers on 4 2 behalf of candidates for seats in the general assembly need 4 3 only designate the number of the senatorial or representative 4 4 district, as appropriate, and not the county or counties, in 4 5 which the candidate and the petitioners reside. A signature 4 6 line in a nomination petition shall not be counted if the line 4 7 lacks the signature of the eligible elector and the signer's 4 8 address and city. The person examining the petition shall 4 9 mark any deficiencies on the petition. A signature line shall 4 10 not be counted if the signer's address is outside the 4 11 boundaries of the appropriate ward, city, county, legislative 4 12 district, or other district. 4 13 2. 3. The pages of the petition shall be securely 4 14 fastened together to form a single bundle. Nomination 4 15 petitions that are not bound shall be returned without further 4 16 examination. The state commissioner shall prescribe by rule 4 17 the acceptable methods for binding nomination petitions. 4 18 3. 4. The person examining the petition shall mark any 4 19 deficiencies on the petition. Signed nomination petitions and 4 20 the signed and notarized affidavit of candidacy shall not be 4 21 altered to correct deficiencies noted during the examination. 4 22 If the nomination petition lacks a sufficient number of 4 23 acceptable signatures, the nomination papers shall be rejected 4 24 and returned to the candidate. 4 25 5. The nomination papers shall be rejected if the 4 26 affidavit lacks any of the following: 4 27 a. The candidate's name. 4 28 b. The name of the office sought, including the district, 4 29 if any. 4 30 c. The signature of the candidate. 4 31 d. The signature of a notary public or other officer 4 32 empowered to witness oaths. 4 33 6. The candidate may replace a deficient affidavit with a 4 34 corrected one only if the replacement is filed before the 4 35 filing deadline. The candidate may resubmit a nomination 5 1 petition that has been rejected by adding a sufficient number 5 2 of pages or signatures to correct the deficiency. A 5 3 nomination petition and affidavit filed to replace rejected 5 4 nomination papers shall be filed together before the deadline 5 5 for filing. 5 6 Sec. 4. Section 45.6, subsection 3, Code 2005, is amended 5 7 to read as follows: 5 8 3. All signers, for all nominations, of each separate part 5 9 of a nomination petition, shall reside in the appropriate 5 10 ward, city, county, school district, or legislative district, 5 11 or other district as required by section 45.1. 5 12 Sec. 5. Section 47.1, Code 2005, is amended by adding the 5 13 following new subsection: 5 14 NEW SUBSECTION. 6. Any expenditure of public money by the 5 15 state commissioner of elections, including a transfer of funds 5 16 by the state commissioner to counties, for real or personal 5 17 property, or for services, related to implementation of Pub. 5 18 L. No. 107=252, which exceeds, in the aggregate, one hundred 5 19 thousand dollars, shall first be approved by the legislative 5 20 council. 5 21 Sec. 6. Section 47.7, Code 2005, is amended by adding the 5 22 following new subsection: 5 23 NEW SUBSECTION. 3. Any expenditure of public money by the 5 24 state registrar of voters or by the state voter registration 5 25 commission, including a transfer of funds by the state 5 26 registrar or by the state commission to counties, for real or 5 27 personal property, or for services, related to implementation 5 28 of Pub. L. No. 107=252, which exceeds, in the aggregate, one 5 29 hundred thousand dollars, shall first be approved by the 5 30 legislative council. 5 31 Sec. 7. Section 49.14, subsection 1, Code 2005, is amended 5 32 to read as follows: 5 33 1. The commissioner may appoint substitute precinct 5 34 election officials as alternates for election board members. 5 35 A majority of the original election board members shall be 6 1 present at the precinct polling place at all times; at 6 2 partisan elections such majority shall include at least one 6 3 precinct election official from each political party. If the 6 4 chairperson leaves the polling place, the chairperson shall 6 5 designate another member of the board to serve as chairperson 6 6 until the chairperson returns. The responsibilities and 6 7 duties of a precinct election official, other than the 6 8 chairperson, present at the time the polling place was opened 6 9 on the day of an election may be assumed at any later time 6 10 that day by a substitute appointed as an alternate. The 6 11 substitute shall serve either for the balance of that election 6 12 day or for any shorter period of time the commissioner may 6 13 designate. At partisan elections, a substitute precinct 6 14 election official assuming the duties of a precinct election 6 15 official shall be a member of the same political party as the 6 16 precinct election official whose duties are being assumed. 6 17 Sec. 8. Section 49.57, subsections 2 and 3, Code 2005, are 6 18 amended to read as follows: 6 19 2. In the area of the general election ballot for straight 6 20 party voting, the party or organization names shall be printed 6 21 in capital upper case and lower case letters of using a 6 22 uniform font size, in for each political party or nonparty 6 23 political organization. The font size shall be not less than 6 24 twelve point type. After the name of each candidate for a 6 25 partisan office the name of the candidate's political party 6 26 shall be printed in at least six point type. The names of 6 27 political parties and nonparty political organizations may be 6 28 abbreviated on the remainder of the ballot if both the full 6 29 name and the abbreviation appear in the "Straight Party" and 6 30 "Other Political Party" areas of the ballot. 6 31 3. The names of candidates shall be printed in capital 6 32 upper case and lower case letters, of using a uniform font 6 33 size throughout the ballot, in. The font size shall be not 6 34 less than ten point type. 6 35 Sec. 9. Section 49.57, Code 2005, is amended by adding the 7 1 following new subsection: 7 2 NEW SUBSECTION. 3A. In no case shall the font size for 7 3 public measures, constitutional amendments, and constitutional 7 4 convention questions, and summaries thereof, be less than ten 7 5 point type. 7 6 Sec. 10. Section 49.73, subsection 2, Code 2005, is 7 7 amended to read as follows: 7 8 2. The commissioner shall not shorten voting hours for any 7 9 election if there is filed in the commissioner's office, at 7 10 least twenty=five days before the election, a petition signed 7 11 by at least fifty eligible electors of the school district or 7 12 city, as the case may be, requesting that the polls be opened 7 13 not later than seven o'clock a.m. All polling places where 7 14 the candidates of or any public question submitted by any one 7 15 political subdivision are being voted upon shall be opened at 7 16 the same hour, except that this requirement shall not apply to 7 17 merged areas established under chapter 260C. The hours at 7 18 which the respective precinct polling places are to open shall 7 19 not be changed after publication of the notice required by 7 20 section 49.53. The polling places shall be closed at nine 7 21 o'clock eight p.m. for state primary and general elections and 7 22 other partisan elections, and for any other election held 7 23 concurrently therewith, and at eight o'clock p.m. for all 7 24 other elections. 7 25 Sec. 11. Section 49.77, subsection 3, Code 2005, is 7 26 amended to read as follows: 7 27 3. A precinct election official shall require any person 7 28 whose name does not appear on the election register as an 7 29 active voter to show identification to prove residency in the 7 30 precinct. Specific documents which are acceptable forms of 7 31 identification shall be prescribed by the state commissioner. 7 32 A precinct election official may shall require of the voter 7 33 unknown to the official, identification upon which the voter's 7 34 photograph and signature or mark appears. If identification 7 35 is established to the satisfaction of the precinct election 8 1 officials, the person may then be allowed to vote. 8 2 Sec. 12. Section 49.77, subsection 4, unnumbered paragraph 8 3 1, Code 2005, is amended to read as follows: 8 4 A person whose name does not appear on the election 8 5 register of the precinct in which that person claims the right 8 6 to vote shall not be permitted to vote, unless the person 8 7 affirms that the person is currently registered in the county 8 8 and presents proof of identity identification to prove 8 9 residency in the precinct, or the commissioner informs the 8 10 precinct election officials that an error has occurred and 8 11 that the person is a registered voter of that precinct. If 8 12 the commissioner finds no record of the person's registration 8 13 but the person insists that the person is a registered voter 8 14 of that precinct, the precinct election officials shall allow 8 15 the person to cast a ballot in the manner prescribed by 8 16 section 49.81. 8 17 Sec. 13. Section 49.79, Code 2005, is amended to read as 8 18 follows: 8 19 49.79 CHALLENGES. 8 20 1. Any person offering to vote may be challenged as 8 21 unqualified by any precinct election official or registered 8 22 voter. It is the duty of each official to challenge any 8 23 person offering to vote whom the official knows or suspects is 8 24 not duly qualified. A ballot shall be received from a voter 8 25 who is challenged, but only in accordance with section 49.81. 8 26 2. A person may be challenged for any of the following 8 27 reasons: 8 28 a. The challenged person is not a citizen of the United 8 29 States. 8 30 b. The challenged person is less than eighteen years of 8 31 age as of the date of the election at which the person is 8 32 offering to vote. 8 33 c. The challenged person is not a resident at the address 8 34 where the person is registered. However, a person who is 8 35 reporting a change of address at the polls on election day 9 1 pursuant to section 48A.27, subsection 2, paragraph "a", 9 2 subparagraph (3) shall not be challenged for this reason. 9 3 d. The challenged person is not a resident of the precinct 9 4 where the person is offering to vote. 9 5 e. The challenged person has falsified information on the 9 6 person's registration form or on the person's declaration of 9 7 eligibility. 9 8 f. The challenged person has been convicted of a felony, 9 9 and the person's voting rights have not been restored. 9 10 g. The challenged person has been adjudged by a court of 9 11 law to be a person who is incompetent to vote and no 9 12 subsequent proceeding has reversed that finding. 9 13 Sec. 14. Section 50.16, Code 2005, is amended to read as 9 14 follows: 9 15 50.16 TALLY LIST OF BOARD. 9 16 The tally list shall be prepared in writing by the election 9 17 board giving, in legibly printed numerals, the total number of 9 18 people who cast ballots in the precinct, the total number of 9 19 ballots cast for each officer office, except those rejected, 9 20 the name of each person voted for, and the number of votes 9 21 given to each person for each different office. The tally 9 22 list shall be signed by the precinct election officials, and 9 23 be substantially as follows: 9 24 At an election at .... in .... township, or in .... 9 25 precinct of .... city or township, in .... county, state of 9 26 Iowa, on the ... day of .... A.D. .., there were ... ballots 9 27 cast for the office of .... of which 9 28 (Candidate's name) ...... had .. votes. 9 29 (Candidate's name) ...... had .. votes. 9 30 (and in the same manner for any other officer). 9 31 A true tally list: 9 32 (Name) .......... Election Board 9 33 (Name) .......... Members. 9 34 (Name) .......... 9 35 Attest: 10 1 (Name) .......... Designated 10 2 (Name) .......... Tally Keepers. 10 3 Sec. 15. Section 52.25, unnumbered paragraph 2, Code 2005, 10 4 is amended to read as follows: 10 5 The entire convention question, amendment, or public 10 6 measure shall be printed and displayed prominently in at least 10 7 four places within the voting precinct, and inside each voting 10 8 booth, or on the left=hand side inside the curtain of each 10 9 voting machine, the printing to be in conformity with the 10 10 provisions of chapter 49. The question, amendment, or 10 11 measure, and summaries thereof, shall be printed on the 10 12 special paper ballots or on the inserts used in the voting 10 13 machines. In no case shall the font size be less than ten 10 14 point type. The public measure shall be summarized by the 10 15 commissioner and in the largest type possible printed on the 10 16 special paper ballots or inserts used in the voting machines, 10 17 except that: 10 18 Sec. 16. Section 39A.6, Code 2005, is repealed. 10 19 Sec. 17. APPLICABILITY DATE. This division of this Act 10 20 applies to elections held on or after January 1, 2006. 10 21 DIVISION II 10 22 ABSENTEE VOTING 10 23 Sec. 18. Section 39A.4, subsection 1, paragraph c, 10 24 subparagraph (10), Code 2005, is amended to read as follows: 10 25 (10) As an incumbent officeholder of, or a candidate for, 10 26 an office being voted for at the election in progress, serving 10 27 as a member of a challenging committee or observer under 10 28 section 49.104, subsection 2, 5, or 6, or section 53.23, 10 29 subsection 4. 10 30 Sec. 19. Section 49.63, Code 2005, is amended to read as 10 31 follows: 10 32 49.63 TIME OF PRINTING == INSPECTION AND CORRECTION. 10 33 Ballots shall be printed and in the possession of the 10 34 commissioner in time to enable the commissioner to furnish 10 35 ballots to absent voters as provided by sections 53.8, 53.10, 11 1 and 53.11. The printed ballots shall be subject to the 11 2 inspection of candidates and their agents. If mistakes are 11 3 discovered, they shall be corrected without delay, in the 11 4 manner provided in this chapter. 11 5 Sec. 20. Section 53.7, subsection 1, Code 2005, is amended 11 6 to read as follows: 11 7 1. It shall be unlawful for any employee of the state or 11 8 any employee of a political subdivision to solicit any 11 9 application or request for application for an absentee ballot, 11 10 or to take an affidavit in connection with any absentee ballot 11 11 while the employee is on the employer's premises or otherwise 11 12 in the course of employment. However, any such employee may 11 13 take such affidavit in connection with an absentee ballot 11 14 which is cast by the registered voter in person in the office 11 15 where such employee is employed in accordance with section 11 16 53.10 or 53.11. This subsection shall not apply to any 11 17 elected official. 11 18 Sec. 21. Section 53.8, subsection 3, unnumbered paragraph 11 19 3, Code 2005, is amended to read as follows: 11 20 Nothing in this subsection nor in section 53.22 shall be 11 21 construed to prohibit a registered voter who is a hospital 11 22 patient or resident of a health care facility, or who 11 23 anticipates entering a hospital or health care facility before 11 24 the date of a forthcoming election, from casting an absentee 11 25 ballot in the manner prescribed by section 53.10 or 53.11. 11 26 Sec. 22. Section 53.11, subsection 1, Code 2005, is 11 27 amended to read as follows: 11 28 1. Satellite absentee voting stations may be established 11 29 throughout the cities and county at the direction of the 11 30 commissioner and shall be established upon receipt of a 11 31 petition signed by not less than one hundred eligible electors 11 32 requesting that a satellite absentee voting station be 11 33 established at a location to be described on the petition. A 11 34 satellite absentee voting station established by petition must 11 35 be open at least one day for a minimum of six hours. A 12 1 satellite absentee voting station established at the direction 12 2 of the commissioner or by petition may remain open until five 12 3 p.m. on the day before the election. 12 4 Sec. 23. Section 53.11, subsection 2, Code 2005, is 12 5 amended by striking the subsection. 12 6 Sec. 24. Section 53.17, subsection 4, Code 2005, is 12 7 amended by adding the following new paragraph: 12 8 NEW PARAGRAPH. ee. Notwithstanding section 53.15, an 12 9 absentee ballot courier shall not assist the voter in 12 10 completing an absentee ballot. 12 11 Sec. 25. Section 53.22, subsection 1, paragraph a, 12 12 unnumbered paragraph 1, Code 2005, is amended to read as 12 13 follows: 12 14 A registered voter who has applied for an absentee ballot, 12 15 in a manner other than that prescribed by section 53.10 or 12 16 53.11, and who is a resident or patient in a health care 12 17 facility or hospital located in the county to which the 12 18 application has been submitted shall be delivered the 12 19 appropriate absentee ballot by two special precinct election 12 20 officers, one of whom shall be a member of each of the 12 21 political parties referred to in section 49.13, who shall be 12 22 appointed by the commissioner from the election board panel 12 23 for the special precinct established by section 53.20. The 12 24 special precinct election officers shall be sworn in the 12 25 manner provided by section 49.75 for election board members, 12 26 shall receive compensation as provided in section 49.20 and 12 27 shall perform their duties during the ten calendar days 12 28 preceding the election and on election day if all ballots 12 29 requested under section 53.8, subsection 3 have not previously 12 30 been delivered and returned. 12 31 Sec. 26. Section 53.23, subsection 4, Code 2005, is 12 32 amended to read as follows: 12 33 4. The room where members of the special precinct election 12 34 board are engaged in counting absentee ballots during the 12 35 hours the polls are open shall be policed so as to prevent any 13 1 person other than those whose presence is authorized by this 13 2 subsection from obtaining information about the progress of 13 3 the count. The only persons who may be admitted to that room 13 4 are the members of the board, one challenger representing each 13 5 political party, one observer representing any nonparty 13 6 political organization or any candidate nominated by petition 13 7 pursuant to chapter 45 or any other nonpartisan candidate in a 13 8 city or school election appearing on the ballot of the 13 9 election in progress, one observer representing persons 13 10 supporting a public measure appearing on the ballot and one 13 11 observer representing persons opposed to such measure, and the 13 12 commissioner or the commissioner's designee. It shall be 13 13 unlawful for any of these persons to communicate or attempt to 13 14 communicate, directly or indirectly, information regarding the 13 15 progress of the count, including the names of voters whose 13 16 ballots have been rejected, at any time before the polls are 13 17 closed. 13 18 Sec. 27. Section 53.37, Code 2005, is amended to read as 13 19 follows: 13 20 53.37 DEFINITIONS. 13 21 1. This division is intended to implement the federal 13 22 Uniform and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, 42 U.S.C. } 13 23 1973ff et seq. 13 24 2. The term "armed forces of the United States", as used 13 25 in this division, shall mean the army, navy, marine corps, 13 26 coast guard, and air force of the United States. 13 27 3. For the purpose of absentee voting only, there shall be 13 28 included in the term "armed forces of the United States" the 13 29 following: 13 30 1. a. Spouses and dependents of members of the armed 13 31 forces while in active service. 13 32 2. b. Members of the merchant marine of the United States 13 33 and their spouses and dependents. 13 34 3. c. Civilian employees of the United States in all 13 35 categories serving outside the territorial limits of the 14 1 several states of the United States and the District of 14 2 Columbia and their spouses and dependents when residing with 14 3 or accompanying them, whether or not the employee is subject 14 4 to the civil service laws and the Classification Act of 1949, 14 5 and whether or not paid from funds appropriated by the 14 6 Congress. 14 7 4. d. Members of religious groups or welfare agencies 14 8 assisting members of the armed forces, who are officially 14 9 attached to and serving with the armed forces, and their 14 10 spouses and dependents. 14 11 5. e. Citizens of the United States who do not fall under 14 12 any of the categories described in subsections 1 to 4, but who 14 13 are entitled to register and vote pursuant to section 48A.5, 14 14 subsection 4. 14 15 4. For the purposes of this division, "qualified voter" 14 16 means a person who is included within the term "armed forces 14 17 of the United States" as described in this section, who would 14 18 be qualified to register to vote under section 48A.5, 14 19 subsection 2, except for residency, and who is not 14 20 disqualified from registering to vote and voting under section 14 21 48A.6. 14 22 Sec. 28. Section 53.38, Code 2005, is amended to read as 14 23 follows: 14 24 53.38 WHAT CONSTITUTES REGISTRATION. 14 25 Whenever a ballot is requested pursuant to section 53.39 or 14 26 53.45 on behalf of a voter in the armed forces of the United 14 27 States, the affidavit upon the ballot envelope of such voter, 14 28 if the voter is found to be an eligible elector of the county 14 29 to which the ballot is submitted, shall constitute a 14 30 sufficient registration under chapter 48A. A completed 14 31 federal postcard registration and federal absentee ballot 14 32 request form submitted by such eligible elector shall also 14 33 constitute a sufficient registration under chapter 48A. The 14 34 commissioner shall place the voter's name on the registration 14 35 record as a registered voter if it does not already appear 15 1 there. The identification requirements of section 48A.8 and 15 2 the verification requirements of section 48A.25A do not apply 15 3 to persons who register to vote under this division. 15 4 Sec. 29. Section 53.41, Code 2005, is amended to read as 15 5 follows: 15 6 53.41 RECORDS BY COMMISSIONER == EXCESS REQUESTS OR 15 7 BALLOTS. 15 8 The commissioner of each county shall establish and 15 9 maintain a record of all requests for ballots which are made, 15 10 and of all ballots transmitted, and the manner of transmittal, 15 11 from and received in the commissioner's office under the 15 12 provisions of this division. 15 13 PARAGRAPH DIVIDED. If more than one request for absent 15 14 voter's ballot for a particular election is made to the 15 15 commissioner before the ballots are ready to mail by or on 15 16 behalf of a voter in the armed forces of the United States, 15 17 the last request first received shall be honored, except that 15 18 if one of the requests is made by the voter, and a request on 15 19 the voter's behalf has not been previously honored, the 15 20 request of the voter shall be honored in preference to a 15 21 request made on the voter's behalf by another. 15 22 PARAGRAPH DIVIDED. Not more than one ballot shall be 15 23 transmitted by the commissioner to any voter for a particular 15 24 election unless after the ballot has been mailed the voter 15 25 reports a change in the address to which the ballot should be 15 26 sent. A ballot shall be mailed using a serial number that 15 27 indicates that this is a replacement sent to an updated 15 28 address. The original ballot shall be counted only if the 15 29 replacement ballot does not arrive. If the commissioner 15 30 receives more than one absent voter's ballot, provided for by 15 31 this division, from or purporting to be from any one voter for 15 32 a particular election, all of the ballots so received from or 15 33 purporting to be from such voter are void, and the 15 34 commissioner shall not deliver any of the ballots to the 15 35 precinct election officials, but shall retain them in the 16 1 commissioner's office, and preserve them for the period and 16 2 under the conditions provided for in sections 50.12 through 16 3 50.15 and section 50.19. 16 4 Sec. 30. Section 53.44, unnumbered paragraph 2, Code 2005, 16 5 is amended to read as follows: 16 6 Absentee ballots issued under this division shall be 16 7 returned in the same manner either by mail by the voter or a 16 8 person designated by the voter or by personal delivery by the 16 9 voter or a person designated by the voter and within the same 16 10 time limits specified in section 53.17. 16 11 Sec. 31. Section 53.53, subsection 4, paragraph a, Code 16 12 2005, is amended to read as follows: 16 13 a. The ballot was submitted from within the United States, 16 14 unless the voter is a member of the armed forces of the United 16 15 States, as described in section 53.37, subsection 2, on active 16 16 duty and away from the voter's county of residence for 16 17 purposes of serving on active duty. 16 18 Sec. 32. Section 53.53, subsection 4, paragraph b, Code 16 19 2005, is amended by striking the paragraph. 16 20 Sec. 33. APPLICABILITY DATE. This division of this Act 16 21 applies to elections held on or after January 1, 2006. 16 22 DIVISION III 16 23 VOTER REGISTRATION 16 24 Sec. 34. Section 48A.2, Code 2005, is amended by adding 16 25 the following new subsection: 16 26 NEW SUBSECTION. 6. "Voter registration list" means a 16 27 compilation of voter registration records produced, upon 16 28 request, from the electronic voter registration file or by 16 29 viewing, upon request, the original, completed voter 16 30 registration applications and forms. 16 31 Sec. 35. Section 48A.7, Code 2005, is amended to read as 16 32 follows: 16 33 48A.7 REGISTRATION IN PERSON. 16 34 1. An eligible elector may register to vote by appearing 16 35 personally and completing a voter registration form at the 17 1 office of the commissioner in the county in which the person 17 2 resides, at a motor vehicle driver's license station, 17 3 including any county treasurer's office that is participating 17 4 in county issuance of driver's licenses under chapter 321M, or 17 5 at any voter registration agency. A separate registration 17 6 form shall be signed by each individual registrant. 17 7 2. An eligible elector who registers to vote in person at 17 8 the commissioner's office or at a satellite absentee voting 17 9 station with the intent of requesting an absentee ballot to be 17 10 voted at the commissioner's office or at the satellite 17 11 absentee voting station immediately after registering to vote 17 12 shall be required to provide a current and valid photo 17 13 identification card or shall present to the election official 17 14 one of the documents listed in section 48A.8, subsection 2, 17 15 paragraphs "a" through "e". If the voter does not provide the 17 16 required identification, the voter shall be permitted to cast 17 17 a provisional ballot. 17 18 Sec. 36. Section 48A.11, subsection 8, Code 2005, is 17 19 amended to read as follows: 17 20 8. A voter registration application lacking the 17 21 registrant's name, sex, date of birth, or residence address or 17 22 description shall not be processed. A voter registration 17 23 application lacking the registrant's driver's license number, 17 24 Iowa nonoperator's identification card number, or the last 17 25 four digits of the registrant's social security number shall 17 26 not be processed. A voter registration application lacking 17 27 the registrant's signature shall not be processed. A 17 28 registrant whose registration is not processed pursuant to 17 29 this subsection shall be notified pursuant to section 48A.26, 17 30 subsection 3. A registrant who does not have an Iowa driver's 17 31 license number, an Iowa nonoperator's identification number, 17 32 or a social security number and who notifies the registrar of 17 33 such shall be assigned a unique identifying number that shall 17 34 serve to identify the registrant for voter registration 17 35 purposes. 18 1 Sec. 37. Section 48A.25A, Code 2005, is amended to read as 18 2 follows: 18 3 48A.25A VERIFICATION OF VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION. 18 4 Upon receipt of an any application for voter registration 18 5 by mail, the state registrar of voters shall compare the 18 6 driver's license number, the Iowa nonoperator's identification 18 7 card number, or the last four numerals of the social security 18 8 number provided by the registrant with the records of the 18 9 state department of transportation or the social security 18 10 administration. To be verified, the voter registration record 18 11 shall contain the same name, date of birth, and driver's 18 12 license number or Iowa nonoperator's identification card 18 13 number or whole or partial social security number as the 18 14 records of the state department of transportation or social 18 15 security administration. If the information cannot be 18 16 verified, the application shall be rejected and the registrant 18 17 shall be notified of the reason for the rejection. If the 18 18 information can be verified, a record shall be made of the 18 19 verification and the application shall be accepted. 18 20 The voter registration commission shall adopt rules in 18 21 accordance with chapter 17A to provide procedures for 18 22 processing registration applications if the state department 18 23 of transportation does not, applications cannot be verified 18 24 before the close of registration for an election for which the 18 25 voter registration otherwise would be effective, if verified, 18 26 provide a report that the information on the application has 18 27 matched or not matched the records of the department. 18 28 This section applies to all voter registration applications 18 29 received by mail. This However, this section does not apply 18 30 to mail registration applicants who are persons described in 18 31 section 53.37 who are entitled to register to vote and to vote 18 32 pursuant to section 48A.5, subsection 4. 18 33 Sec. 38. Section 49.81, subsection 1, Code 2005, is 18 34 amended to read as follows: 18 35 1. A prospective voter who is prohibited under section 19 1 48A.7, subsection 2, section 48A.8, subsection 4, section 19 2 49.77, subsection 4, or section 49.80 from voting except under 19 3 this section shall be notified by the appropriate precinct 19 4 election official that the voter may cast a provisional 19 5 ballot. If a booth meeting the requirement of section 49.25 19 6 is not available at that polling place, the precinct election 19 7 officials shall make alternative arrangements to insure the 19 8 challenged voter the opportunity to vote in secret. The 19 9 marked ballot, folded as required by section 49.84, shall be 19 10 delivered to a precinct election official who shall 19 11 immediately seal it in an envelope of the type prescribed by 19 12 subsection 4. The sealed envelope shall be deposited in an 19 13 envelope marked "provisional ballots" and shall be considered 19 14 as having been cast in the special precinct established by 19 15 section 53.20 for purposes of the postelection canvass. 19 16 Sec. 39. APPLICABILITY DATE. This division of this Act 19 17 applies to elections held on or after January 1, 2006. 19 18 DIVISION IV 19 19 LOCAL GOVERNMENT SPECIAL ELECTIONS 19 20 Sec. 40. Section 39.2, Code 2005, is amended by adding the 19 21 following new subsection: 19 22 NEW SUBSECTION. 4. Unless otherwise provided by law: 19 23 a. A county may hold a special election on public measures 19 24 only on the day of the general election, on the day of the 19 25 regular city election, on the first Tuesday in February, or on 19 26 the second Tuesday in July. 19 27 b. A city may hold a special election on public measures 19 28 only on the day of the general election, on the day of the 19 29 regular city election, on the first Tuesday in February, or on 19 30 the second Tuesday in July. 19 31 c. A school district or merged area may hold a special 19 32 election on public measures only on the day of the regular 19 33 school election, on the second Tuesday in January, on the 19 34 second Tuesday in April, or on the second Tuesday in September 19 35 of each even=numbered year. 20 1 Sec. 41. Section 47.6, subsection 1, unnumbered paragraph 20 2 1, Code 2005, is amended to read as follows: 20 3 The governing body of any a political subdivision which has 20 4 authorized a special election to which section 39.2 is, 20 5 subsections 1, 2, and 3, are applicable shall by written 20 6 notice inform the commissioner who will be responsible for 20 7 conducting the election of the proposed date of the special 20 8 election. If a public measure will appear on the ballot at 20 9 the special election the governing body shall submit the 20 10 complete text of the public measure to the commissioner with 20 11 the notice of the proposed date of the special election. 20 12 Sec. 42. Section 47.6, Code 2005, is amended by adding the 20 13 following new subsection: 20 14 NEW SUBSECTION. 3. A city council or a county board of 20 15 supervisors that has authorized a public measure to be 20 16 submitted to the voters at a special election held pursuant to 20 17 section 39.2, subsection 4, shall file the full text of the 20 18 public measure with the commissioner no later than five p.m. 20 19 on the forty=sixth day before the election. If there are 20 20 vacancies in county offices to be filled at the special 20 21 election, candidates shall file their nomination papers with 20 22 the commissioner not later than five p.m. on the forty= 20 23 seventh day before the election. Candidates for city offices 20 24 to be filled at the special election shall file their 20 25 nomination papers with the city clerk pursuant to the 20 26 appropriate election calendar for the city. 20 27 Sec. 43. Section 69.12, subsection 1, paragraph a, 20 28 subparagraph (4), Code 2005, is amended by striking the 20 29 subparagraph. 20 30 Sec. 44. Section 99F.7, subsection 11, paragraph a, Code 20 31 2005, is amended to read as follows: 20 32 a. A license to conduct gambling games on an excursion 20 33 gambling boat in a county shall be issued only if the county 20 34 electorate approves the conduct of the gambling games as 20 35 provided in this subsection. The board of supervisors, upon 21 1 receipt of a valid petition meeting the requirements of 21 2 section 331.306, shall direct the commissioner of elections to 21 3 submit to the registered voters of the county a proposition to 21 4 approve or disapprove the conduct of gambling games on an 21 5 excursion gambling boat in the county. The proposition shall 21 6 be submitted at a general election or at a special election 21 7 called for that purpose. To be submitted at a general 21 8 election, the petition must be received by the board of 21 9 supervisors at least five working days before the last day for 21 10 candidates for county offices to file nomination papers for 21 11 the general election pursuant to section 44.4. If a majority 21 12 of the county voters voting on the proposition favor the 21 13 conduct of gambling games, the commission may issue one or 21 14 more licenses as provided in this chapter. If a majority of 21 15 the county voters voting on the proposition do not favor the 21 16 conduct of gambling games, a license to conduct gambling games 21 17 in the county shall not be issued. 21 18 Sec. 45. Section 99F.7, subsection 11, paragraph c, Code 21 19 2005, is amended to read as follows: 21 20 c. If a licensee of a pari=mutuel racetrack who held a 21 21 valid license issued under chapter 99D as of January 1, 1994, 21 22 requests a license to operate gambling games as provided in 21 23 this chapter, the board of supervisors of a county in which 21 24 the licensee of a pari=mutuel racetrack requests a license to 21 25 operate gambling games shall submit to the county electorate a 21 26 proposition to approve or disapprove the operation of gambling 21 27 games at pari=mutuel racetracks at a special election at the 21 28 earliest practicable time. If the operation of gambling games 21 29 at the pari=mutuel racetrack is not approved by a majority of 21 30 the county electorate voting on the proposition at the 21 31 election, the commission shall not issue a license to operate 21 32 gambling games at the racetrack. 21 33 Sec. 46. Section 145A.7, Code 2005, is amended to read as 21 34 follows: 21 35 145A.7 SPECIAL ELECTION. 22 1 When a protesting petition is received, the officials 22 2 receiving the petition shall call a special election of all 22 3 registered voters of that political subdivision for the 22 4 purpose upon the question of approving or rejecting the order 22 5 setting out the proposed merger plan. The vote will be taken 22 6 by ballot in the form provided by sections 49.43 to 49.47, and 22 7 the election shall be initiated and held as provided in 22 8 chapter 49. A majority vote of those registered voters voting 22 9 at said special election shall be sufficient to approve the 22 10 order and thus include the political subdivision within the 22 11 merged area. 22 12 Sec. 47. Section 257.18, subsection 2, unnumbered 22 13 paragraph 1, Code 2005, is amended to read as follows: 22 14 If the board does not provide for an election and adopts a 22 15 resolution to participate in the instructional support 22 16 program, the district shall participate in the instructional 22 17 support program unless within twenty=eight days following the 22 18 action of the board, the secretary of the board receives a 22 19 petition containing the required number of signatures, asking 22 20 that an election be called the question to approve or 22 21 disapprove the action of the board in adopting the 22 22 instructional support program be submitted to the voters of 22 23 the school district. The petition must be signed by eligible 22 24 electors equal in number to not less than one hundred or 22 25 thirty percent of the number of voters at the last preceding 22 26 regular school election, whichever is greater. The board 22 27 shall either rescind its action or direct the county 22 28 commissioner of elections to submit the question to the 22 29 registered voters of the school district at the next following 22 30 regular school election or at a special election. If a 22 31 majority of those voting on the question at the election 22 32 favors disapproval of the action of the board, the district 22 33 shall not participate in the instructional support program. 22 34 If a majority of those voting on the question favors approval 22 35 of the action, the board shall certify the results of the 23 1 election to the department of management and the district 23 2 shall participate in the program. 23 3 Sec. 48. Section 257.29, unnumbered paragraph 1, Code 23 4 2005, is amended to read as follows: 23 5 An educational improvement program is established to 23 6 provide additional funding for school districts in which the 23 7 regular program district cost per pupil for a budget year is 23 8 one hundred ten percent of the regular program state cost per 23 9 pupil for the budget year and which have approved the use of 23 10 the instructional support program established in section 23 11 257.18. A board of directors that wishes to consider 23 12 participating in the educational improvement program shall 23 13 hold a hearing on the question of participation and the 23 14 maximum percent of the regular program district cost of the 23 15 district that will be used. The hearing shall be held in the 23 16 manner provided in section 257.18 for the instructional 23 17 support program. Following the hearing, the board may direct 23 18 the county commissioner of elections to submit the question to 23 19 the registered voters of the school district at the next 23 20 following regular school election or at a special election 23 21 held not later than the following February 1. If a majority 23 22 of those voting on the question favors participation in the 23 23 program, the board shall adopt a resolution to participate and 23 24 shall certify the results of the election to the department of 23 25 management and the district shall participate in the program. 23 26 If a majority of those voting on the question does not favor 23 27 participation, the district shall not participate in the 23 28 program. 23 29 Sec. 49. Section 275.18, unnumbered paragraph 1, Code 23 30 2005, is amended to read as follows: 23 31 When the boundaries of the territory to be included in a 23 32 proposed school corporation and the number and method of the 23 33 election of the school directors of the proposed school 23 34 corporation have been determined as provided in this chapter, 23 35 the area education agency administrator with whom the petition 24 1 is filed shall give written notice of the proposed date of the 24 2 election to the county commissioner of elections of the county 24 3 in the proposed school corporation which has the greatest 24 4 taxable base. The proposed date shall be as soon as possible 24 5 pursuant to section 39.2, subsections 1, and 2, and 4, and 24 6 section 47.6, subsections 1 and 2, but not later than November 24 7 30 of the calendar year prior to the calendar year in which 24 8 the reorganization will take effect. 24 9 Sec. 50. Section 275.25, subsection 1, unnumbered 24 10 paragraph 1, Code 2005, is amended to read as follows: 24 11 If the proposition to establish a new school district 24 12 carries under the method provided in this chapter, the area 24 13 education agency administrator with whom the petition was 24 14 filed shall give written notice of a proposed date for a 24 15 special election for directors of the newly formed school 24 16 district to the commissioner of elections of the county in the 24 17 district involved in the reorganization which has the greatest 24 18 taxable base. The proposed date shall be as soon as possible 24 19 pursuant to section 39.2, subsections 1, and 2, and 4, and 24 20 section 47.6, subsections 1 and 2, but not later than the 24 21 third Tuesday in January of the calendar year in which the 24 22 reorganization takes effect. The election shall be conducted 24 23 as provided in section 277.3, and nomination petitions shall 24 24 be filed pursuant to section 277.4, except as otherwise 24 25 provided in this subsection. Nomination petitions shall be 24 26 filed with the secretary of the board of the existing school 24 27 district in which the candidate resides not less than twenty= 24 28 eight days before the date set for the special school 24 29 election. The secretary of the board, or the secretary's 24 30 designee, shall be present in the secretary's office until 24 31 five p.m. on the final day to file the nomination papers. The 24 32 nomination papers shall be delivered to the commissioner no 24 33 later than five p.m. on the twenty=seventh day before the 24 34 election. 24 35 Sec. 51. Section 275.55, unnumbered paragraphs 1 and 2, 25 1 Code 2005, are amended to read as follows: 25 2 The board of the school district shall call a special 25 3 election to be held not later than forty days following the 25 4 date of the final hearing on the dissolution proposal. The 25 5 special election may be held at the same time as the regular 25 6 school election. The proposition submitted to the voters 25 7 residing in the school district at the special election shall 25 8 describe each separate area to be attached to a contiguous 25 9 school district and shall name the school district to which it 25 10 will be attached. In addition to the description, a map may 25 11 be included in the summary of the question on the ballot. 25 12 The board shall give written notice of the proposed date of 25 13 the election to the county commissioner of elections. The 25 14 proposed date shall be pursuant to section 39.2, subsections 25 15 1, and 2, and 4, and section 47.6, subsections 1 and 2. The 25 16 county commissioner of elections shall give notice of the 25 17 election by one publication in the same newspaper in which the 25 18 previous notice was published about the hearing, which 25 19 publication shall not be less than four nor more than twenty 25 20 days prior to the election. 25 21 Sec. 52. Section 277.2, Code 2005, is amended to read as 25 22 follows: 25 23 277.2 SPECIAL ELECTION. 25 24 The board of directors in a school corporation may call a 25 25 special election, on the dates specified in section 39.2, 25 26 subsection 4, paragraph "c", at which the voters shall have 25 27 the powers exercised at the regular election with reference to 25 28 the sale of school property and the application to be made of 25 29 the proceeds, the authorization of seven members on the board 25 30 of directors, the authorization to establish or change the 25 31 boundaries of director districts, and the authorization of a 25 32 voter=approved physical plant and equipment levy or 25 33 indebtedness, as provided by law. 25 34 Sec. 53. Section 300.2, unnumbered paragraph 1, Code 2005, 25 35 is amended to read as follows: 26 1 The board of directors of a school district may, and upon 26 2 receipt of a petition signed by eligible electors equal in 26 3 number to at least twenty=five percent of the number of voters 26 4 at the last preceding school election, shall, direct the 26 5 county commissioner of elections to submit to the registered 26 6 voters of the school district the question of whether to levy 26 7 a tax of not to exceed thirteen and one=half cents per 26 8 thousand dollars of assessed valuation for public educational 26 9 and recreational activities authorized under this chapter. If 26 10 at the time of filing the petition, it is more than three 26 11 months until the next regular school election, the board of 26 12 directors shall submit the question at a special election 26 13 within sixty days. Otherwise, the The question shall be 26 14 submitted at a special election or at the next regular school 26 15 election. 26 16 Sec. 54. Section 330.17, unnumbered paragraph 1, Code 26 17 2005, is amended to read as follows: 26 18 The council of any city or county which owns or acquires an 26 19 airport may, and upon the council's receipt of a valid 26 20 petition as provided in section 362.4, or receipt of a 26 21 petition by the board of supervisors as provided in section 26 22 331.306 shall, at a regular city election or a general 26 23 election if one is to be held within seventy=four days from 26 24 the filing of the petition, or otherwise at a special election 26 25 called for that purpose, submit to the voters the question as 26 26 to whether the management and control of the airport shall be 26 27 placed in an airport commission. If a majority of the voters 26 28 favors placing the management and control of the airport in an 26 29 airport commission, the commission shall be established as 26 30 provided in this chapter. 26 31 Sec. 55. Section 331.207, subsection 2, Code 2005, is 26 32 amended to read as follows: 26 33 2. The petition shall be filed with the county 26 34 commissioner by June 1 of an odd=numbered year, subject to 26 35 subsection 6. The special election shall be held within sixty 27 1 days after the day the petition was received on the first 27 2 special election date, pursuant to section 39.2, subsection 4, 27 3 paragraph "a", following the filing of the petition. Notice 27 4 of the special election question shall be published once each 27 5 week for three successive weeks in an official newspaper of 27 6 the county, shall state the representation plans to be 27 7 submitted to the electors, and shall state the date of the 27 8 special election which. The date of the last publication of 27 9 notice shall be held not less than five nor more than twenty 27 10 days from the date of last publication the election. 27 11 Sec. 56. Section 346.27, subsection 10, unnumbered 27 12 paragraph 1, Code 2005, is amended to read as follows: 27 13 After the incorporation of an authority, and before the 27 14 sale of any issue of revenue bonds, except refunding bonds, 27 15 the authority shall call an election to decide submit at a 27 16 general or special election the question of whether the 27 17 authority shall issue and sell revenue bonds. The ballot 27 18 shall state the amount of the bonds and the purposes for which 27 19 the authority is incorporated. All registered voters of the 27 20 county shall be entitled to vote on the question. The 27 21 question may be submitted at a general election or at a 27 22 special election. An affirmative vote of a majority of the 27 23 votes cast on the question is required to authorize the 27 24 issuance and sale of revenue bonds. 27 25 Sec. 57. Section 347.23, unnumbered paragraph 1, Code 27 26 2005, is amended to read as follows: 27 27 Any hospital organized and existing as a city hospital may 27 28 become a county hospital organized and managed as provided for 27 29 in this chapter, upon a proposition for such purpose being 27 30 submitted to and approved by a majority of the electors of 27 31 both the city in which such hospital is located and of the 27 32 county under whose management it is proposed that such 27 33 hospital be placed, at any general or special election called 27 34 for such purpose. The proposition shall be placed upon the 27 35 ballot by the board of supervisors when requested by a 28 1 petition signed by eligible electors of the county equal in 28 2 number to five percent of the votes cast for president of the 28 3 United States or governor, as the case may be, at the last 28 4 general election. The proposition may be submitted at the 28 5 next general election or at a special election called for that 28 6 purpose. Upon the approval of the proposition the hospital, 28 7 its assets and liabilities, will become the property of the 28 8 county and this chapter will govern its future management. 28 9 The question shall be submitted in substantially the following 28 10 form: "Shall the municipal hospital of ......, Iowa, be 28 11 transferred to and become the property of, and be managed by 28 12 the county of ......, Iowa?" 28 13 Sec. 58. Section 347.23A, subsection 1, Code 2005, is 28 14 amended to read as follows: 28 15 1. A hospital established as a memorial hospital under 28 16 chapter 37 or a county hospital supported by revenue bonds and 28 17 organized under chapter 347A may become, in accordance with 28 18 the provisions of this section, a county hospital organized 28 19 and managed as provided for in this chapter. If the hospital 28 20 is established by a city as a memorial hospital, the city must 28 21 be located in the county which will own and manage the 28 22 hospital. A proposition for the change must be submitted to 28 23 and approved by a majority of the electors of the county which 28 24 will own and manage the hospital as provided for in this 28 25 chapter. In addition, if the hospital is a memorial hospital 28 26 organized by a city under chapter 37, the proposition must 28 27 also be approved by a majority of the electors of that city. 28 28 The proposition may be submitted to the electors at any 28 29 general or special election called by the county board of 28 30 supervisors for this purpose. 28 31 Sec. 59. Section 368.19, unnumbered paragraph 1, Code 28 32 2005, is amended to read as follows: 28 33 The committee shall approve or disapprove the petition or 28 34 plan as amended, within ninety days of the final hearing, and 28 35 shall file its decision for record and promptly notify the 29 1 parties to the proceeding of its decision. If a petition or 29 2 plan is approved, the board shall set a date not less than 29 3 thirty days nor more than ninety days after approval for 29 4 submit the proposal at a special election on the proposal and 29 5 the county commissioner of elections shall conduct the 29 6 election. In a case of incorporation or discontinuance, 29 7 registered voters of the territory or city may vote, and the 29 8 proposal is authorized if a majority of those voting approves 29 9 it. In a case of annexation or severance, registered voters 29 10 of the territory and of the city may vote, and the proposal is 29 11 authorized if a majority of the total number of persons voting 29 12 approves it. In a case of consolidation, registered voters of 29 13 each city to be consolidated may vote, and the proposal is 29 14 authorized only if it receives a favorable majority vote in 29 15 each city. The county commissioner of elections shall publish 29 16 notice of the election as provided in section 49.53 and shall 29 17 conduct the election in the same manner as other special city 29 18 elections. 29 19 Sec. 60. Section 368.19, unnumbered paragraph 3, Code 29 20 2005, is amended to read as follows: 29 21 An incorporation election shall be held not less than fifty 29 22 days nor more than ninety days after approval of an 29 23 incorporation petition. The costs of an incorporation 29 24 election shall be borne by the initiating petitioners if the 29 25 election fails, but if the proposition is approved the cost 29 26 shall become a charge of the new city. 29 27 Sec. 61. Section 372.2, subsection 2, unnumbered paragraph 29 28 1, Code 2005, is amended to read as follows: 29 29 Within fifteen days after receiving a valid petition, the 29 30 council shall publish notice of the date that a special city 29 31 election will be held to determine whether the city shall 29 32 change to a different form of government. The election date 29 33 shall be not more than sixty days after the publication as 29 34 specified in section 39.2, subsection 4, paragraph "b". If 29 35 the next ensuing special election is more than sixty days 30 1 after the publication, the council shall publish another 30 2 notice fifteen days before the election. The notice shall 30 3 include a statement that the filing of a petition for 30 4 appointment of a home rule charter commission will delay the 30 5 election until after the home rule charter commission has 30 6 filed a proposed charter. Petition requirements and filing 30 7 deadlines shall also be included in the notice. 30 8 Sec. 62. Section 372.3, Code 2005, is amended to read as 30 9 follows: 30 10 372.3 HOME RULE CHARTER. 30 11 If a petition for appointment of a home rule charter com- 30 12 mission is filed with the city clerk not more than ten days 30 13 after the council has published the first notice announcing 30 14 the date of the special election on adoption of another form 30 15 of government, the special election shall not be held until 30 16 the charter proposed by the home rule charter commission is 30 17 filed. Both forms must be published as provided in section 30 18 372.9 and submitted to the voters at the special election. 30 19 Sec. 63. Section 372.9, subsection 3, Code 2005, is 30 20 amended to read as follows: 30 21 3. The proposed home rule charter must be submitted at a 30 22 special city election on a date selected by the mayor and 30 23 council specified in section 39.2, subsection 4, paragraph 30 24 "b", and in accordance with section 47.6. However, the date 30 25 of the election last publication must be not less than thirty 30 26 nor more than sixty days after before the last publication of 30 27 the proposed home rule charter election. 30 28 Sec. 64. Section 372.13, subsection 11, unnumbered 30 29 paragraph 1, Code 2005, is amended to read as follows: 30 30 Council members shall be elected according to the council 30 31 representation plans under sections 372.4 and 372.5. However, 30 32 the council representation plan may be changed, by petition 30 33 and election, to one of those described in this subsection. 30 34 Upon receipt of a valid petition, as defined in section 362.4, 30 35 requesting a change to a council representation plan, the 31 1 council shall submit the question at a special city election 31 2 to be held within sixty days. If a majority of the persons 31 3 voting at the special election approves the changed plan, it 31 4 becomes effective at the beginning of the term following the 31 5 next regular city election. If a majority does not approve 31 6 the changed plan, the council shall not submit another 31 7 proposal to change a plan to the voters within the next two 31 8 years. 31 9 Sec. 65. Section 376.2, unnumbered paragraph 2, Code 2005, 31 10 is amended to read as follows: 31 11 Except as otherwise provided by state law or the city 31 12 charter, terms for elective offices are two years. However, 31 13 the term of an elective office may be changed to two or four 31 14 years by petition and election. Upon receipt of a valid 31 15 petition as defined in section 362.4, requesting that the term 31 16 of an elective office be changed, the council shall submit the 31 17 question at a special city election to be held within sixty 31 18 days after the petition is received. The special election 31 19 shall be held more than ninety days before the regular city 31 20 election if the change shall go into effect at the next 31 21 regular city election. If a majority of the persons voting at 31 22 the special election approves the changed term, it becomes 31 23 effective at the beginning of the term following the next 31 24 regular city election. If a majority does not approve the 31 25 changed term, the council shall not submit the same proposal 31 26 to the voters within the next four years. 31 27 Sec. 66. Section 384.26, subsection 2, unnumbered 31 28 paragraph 1, Code 2005, is amended to read as follows: 31 29 Before the council may institute proceedings for the 31 30 issuance of bonds for a general corporate purpose, it shall 31 31 call a special city election to vote upon the question of 31 32 issuing the bonds. At the election the proposition must be 31 33 submitted in the following form: 31 34 Sec. 67. Section 423B.1, subsection 5, Code 2005, is 31 35 amended to read as follows: 32 1 5. The county commissioner of elections shall submit the 32 2 question of imposition of a local option tax at a state 32 3 general election or at a special election held at any time 32 4 other than the time of a city regular election. The election 32 5 shall not be held sooner than sixty days after publication of 32 6 notice of the ballot proposition. The ballot proposition 32 7 shall specify the type and rate of tax and in the case of a 32 8 vehicle tax the classes that will be exempt and in the case of 32 9 a local sales and services tax the date it will be imposed 32 10 which date shall not be earlier than ninety days following the 32 11 election. The ballot proposition shall also specify the 32 12 approximate amount of local option tax revenues that will be 32 13 used for property tax relief and shall contain a statement as 32 14 to the specific purpose or purposes for which the revenues 32 15 shall otherwise be expended. If the county board of 32 16 supervisors decides under subsection 6 to specify a date on 32 17 which the local option sales and services tax shall 32 18 automatically be repealed, the date of the repeal shall also 32 19 be specified on the ballot. The rate of the vehicle tax shall 32 20 be in increments of one dollar per vehicle as set by the 32 21 petition seeking to impose the tax. The rate of a local sales 32 22 and services tax shall not be more than one percent as set by 32 23 the governing body. The state commissioner of elections shall 32 24 establish by rule the form for the ballot proposition which 32 25 form shall be uniform throughout the state. 32 26 Sec. 68. Section 423E.2, subsection 2, paragraph a, Code 32 27 2005, is amended to read as follows: 32 28 a. Upon receipt by a county board of supervisors of a 32 29 petition requesting imposition of a local sales and services 32 30 tax for infrastructure purposes, signed by eligible electors 32 31 of the whole county equal in number to five percent of the 32 32 persons in the whole county who voted at the last preceding 32 33 state general election, the board shall within thirty days 32 34 direct the county commissioner of elections to submit the 32 35 question of imposition of the tax to the registered voters of 33 1 the whole county at the general election or at a special 33 2 election. 33 3 Sec. 69. APPLICABILITY DATE. This division of this Act 33 4 applies to elections held on or after January 1, 2006. 33 5 HF 793 33 6 sc:nh/es/25
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