Redistricting & Reprecincting FAQ

What Will be on the Ballot in 2012 and 2013


County Supervisor Districts - Plan 2 and 3 Counties

If more than one incumbent supervisor resides in the same district after redistricting, both terms of office will expire on January 1, 2013.

For example, a county has 5 supervisor districts. The terms in districts 1, 3, and 5 end on January 1, 2013, and all three of the seats are scheduled to be on the ballot in 2012. The terms in districts 2 and 4 end on January 1, 2015, and are scheduled to appear on the ballot again in 2014.

After redistricting, the supervisors in old districts 1 and 2 both live in new district 1, so the terms of the supervisors representing the old districts 1 and 2 will both expire on January 1, 2013. District 1 will be on the ballot in 2012 for the regular four-year term and district 2 will be on the ballot in 2012 for a two-year term.

If the supervisor representing the old district 1 and the supervisor representing old district 2 both want to be on the board of supervisors, both will need to run for the new district 1 seat with the four-year term.

Any at-large seats will continue to be elected as currently scheduled.

For a map illustration, see Holdover District Example.

Other Possible Scenarios

  • If the supervisor from old district 1 resigns or moves out of old district 1 before the November 2012 general election, a vacancy will be created in the old district 1 which must be filled by the normal procedures listed in Iowa Code section 69.14A. The district 1 vacancy must be filled using the new district 1 boundaries, and because the supervisor representing old district 2 also lives in new district 1, that supervisor would be eligible for appointment or to run in a special election. If the supervisor elected to represent the old district 2 is appointed (or elected) to fill this vacancy, a new vacancy will be created in old district 2. Regardless of whether the vacancy is filled by appointment or special election, the new district 1 seat will still appear on the 2012 general election ballot for a full 4 year term.

  • If the supervisor from the old district 2 resigns or moves out of old district 2 before the November 2012 general election, a vacancy will be created in the old district 2 which must be filled by the normal procedures listed in Iowa Code section 69.14A. The district 2 vacancy must be filled using the new district 2 boundaries, and any eligible elector residing in the new district 2 is eligible for appointment or to run in a special election. If the vacancy is filled by appointment, the seat must appear on the 2012 ballot for a 2 year term if the vacancy occurs before Friday, August 24, 2012. If the vacancy occurs after August 24, 2012, and an appointment is made to fill the vacancy, the appointment will stand until the next election held for the county. If a special election is held to fill a vacancy under this timeline, the new director district 2 seat will not appear on the ballot again until it is regularly scheduled to appear on the ballot in 2014.

[§49.8(5)(a), 331.209(1), 331.210]

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School Director Districts

If more than one incumbent director resides in the same district after redistricting, both terms of office will expire at the organizational meeting of the board of directors following the 2013 regular school election.

For example, a school district has 5 directors elected by district. Districts 1, 3, and 5 are all three scheduled to be on the ballot in 2013. Districts 2 and 4 end on January 1, 2015 are scheduled to appear on the ballot again in 2015.

After redistricting, the directors in old districts 1 and 2 both live in new district 1, so the terms of the directors representing the old districts 1 and 2 will both expire after the 2013 regular school election. District 1 will be on the ballot in 2013 for the regular four-year term and district 2 will be on the ballot in 2013 for a two-year term.

If the director representing the old district 1 and the director representing old district 2 both want to be on the school board, both will need to run for the new district 1 seat with the four-year term.

For a map illustration, see Holdover District Example.

Other Possible Scenarios

  • If the director from old district 1 resigns or moves out of old district 1 before the September 2013 school election, a vacancy will be created in the old district 1 which must be filled by the normal procedures listed in Iowa Code section 279.7. The district 1 vacancy must be filled using the new district 1 boundaries, and because the director representing old district 2 also lives in new district 1, that director would be eligible for appointment. If the director elected to represent the old district 2 is appointed to fill this vacancy, a new vacancy will be created in old district 2. The new district 1 seat will still appear on the 2013 school election ballot for a full four-year term.

  • If the director from the old district 2 resigns or moves out of old district 2 before the September 2013 election, a vacancy will be created in the old district 2 which must be filled by the normal procedures listed in Iowa Code section 279.7. The district 2 vacancy must be filled using the new district 2 boundaries, and any eligible elector residing in the new district 2 is eligible for appointment. If the vacancy is filled by appointment, the seat must appear on the 2013 ballot for a two-year term if the vacancy occurs before Saturday, July 27, 2013. If the vacancy occurs after Saturday, July 27, 2013, and an appointment is made to fill the vacancy, the appointment will stand until the next election held for the school district. If a special election is held to fill a vacancy under this timeline, the new director district 2 seat will not appear on the ballot again until it is regularly scheduled to appear on the ballot in 2015.

[§49.8(5)(a), 69.12, 275A.23A(4), 279.6]

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City Council Wards

If more than one incumbent council member resides in the same ward after reprecincting, both terms of office will expire on January 1, 2014.

For example, a city has 5 wards. The terms in wards 1, 3, and 5 end on January 1, 2014, and all three of the seats are scheduled to be on the ballot in 2013. The terms in wards 2 and 4 end on January 1, 2016, and are scheduled to appear on the ballot again in 2015.

After reprecincting, the council members in old ward 1 and 2 both live in new ward 1, so the terms of the council members representing the old wards 1 and 2 will both expire on January 1, 2014. Ward 1 will be on the ballot in 2013 for the regular four-year term and ward 2 will be on the ballot in 2013 for a two-year term.

If the council member representing the old ward 1 and the director representing old ward 2 both want to be on the city council, both will need to run for the new ward 1 seat with the four-year term.

Any at-large seats will continue to be elected as currently scheduled.

For a map illustration, see Holdover District Example.

Other Possible Scenarios

  • If the council member from old ward 1 resigns or moves out of old ward 1 before the November 2013 regular city election, a vacancy will be created in the old ward 1 which must be filled by the normal procedures listed in Iowa Code section 372.13(2). The ward 1 vacancy must be filled using the new ward 1 boundaries, and because the council member representing old ward 2 also lives in new ward 1, that council member would be eligible for appointment. If the council member elected to represent the old ward 2 is appointed to fill this vacancy, a new vacancy will be created in old ward 2. The new ward 1 seat will still appear on the 2013 regular city election ballot for a full four-year term.

  • If the council member from the old ward 2 resigns or moves out of old ward 2 before the November regular city 2013 election, a vacancy will be created in the old ward 2 which must be filled by the normal procedures listed in Iowa Code section 372.13(2). The ward 2 vacancy must be filled using the new ward 2 boundaries, and any eligible elector residing in the new ward 2 is eligible for appointment or to run in a special election. If the vacancy is filled by appointment, the seat must appear on the 2013 ballot for a two-year term if the vacancy occurs before Saturday, September 14, 2013 (or Saturday, August 24, 2013 for cities with primary election provisions). If the vacancy occurs after September 14, 2013 (or Saturday, August 24, 2013 for cities with primary election provisions), and an appointment is made to fill the vacancy, the appointment will stand until the next election held for the city district. If a special election is held to fill a vacancy under this timeline, the new ward 2 seat will not appear on the ballot again until it is regularly scheduled to appear on the ballot in 2015.

[§49.8(5)(a), 69.12, 372.13(2)]

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