49.104 PERSONS PERMITTED AT POLLING PLACES. The following persons shall be permitted to be present at and in the immediate vicinity of the polling places, provided they do not solicit votes: 1. Any person who is by law authorized to perform or is charged with the performance of official duties at the election. 2. Any number of persons, not exceeding three at a time from each political party having candidates to be voted for at such election, to act as challenging committees, who are appointed and accredited by the executive or central committee of such political party or organization. 3. Any number of persons not exceeding three at a time from each of such political parties, appointed and accredited in the same manner as above prescribed for challenging committees, to witness the counting of ballots. Subject to the restrictions of section 51.11, the witnesses may observe the counting of ballots by a counting board during the hours the polls are open in any precinct for which double election boards have been appointed. 4. Any peace officer assigned or called upon to keep order or maintain compliance with the provisions of this chapter, upon request of the commissioner or of the chairperson of the precinct election board. 5. One observer at a time representing any nonparty political organization, any candidate nominated by petition pursuant to chapter 45, or any other nonpartisan candidate in a city or school election, appearing on the ballot of the election in progress. Candidates who send observers to the polls shall provide each observer with a letter of appointment in the form prescribed by the state commissioner. 6. Any persons expressing an interest in a ballot issue to be voted upon at an election except a general or primary election. Any such person shall file a notice of intent to serve as an observer with the commissioner before election day. If more than three persons file a notice of intent to serve at the same time with respect to ballot issues at an election, the commissioner shall appoint from those submitting a notice of intent the three persons who may serve at that time as observers, and shall provide a schedule to all persons who filed notices of intent. The appointees, whenever possible, shall include both opponents and proponents of the ballot issues. 7. Any person authorized by the commissioner, in consultation with the secretary of state, for the purposes of conducting and attending educational voting programs for youth.

         Section History: Early Form

         [C97, § 1124; S13, § 1087-a9; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 571, 821;
      C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, § 43.43, 49.104; C75, 77, 79, 81,
      S81, § 49.104; 81 Acts, ch 34, § 32] 

         Section History: Recent Form

         90 Acts, ch 1238, §23; 94 Acts, ch 1180, §17; 97 Acts, ch 170, §
         Referred to in § 39A.4, 49.77, 51.11

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