Election 2021: Yes, There IS an Election!Thursday, August 26, 2021
The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to restore the Voting Rights Act after several states have passed tougher voting laws (including Iowa). We believe all Iowans should be included in our elections, and we want to make sure every Iowan has the chance to vote. While the bill will probably not make it through the process, Iowans with disabilities will need to adjust to the state's new voting laws that shorten the period to vote by mail. This year is not a "big" election year; there are no legislators, Congresspeople, or Governor on the ballot. When you talk about school policies (like wearing masks last year), recreational trails and public transportation, curb cuts and stop light accessibility, library hours, potholes, and the like, it's your local school boards, city councils, and county boards of supervisors making decisions. These local elections are just as important (some would say more important) that the "bigger elections."
On Tuesday, November 2, 2021, Iowans will have a chance to vote for city council and school board.
People running for school board or city council have until September 16 to file their paperwork (they have to get signatures from voters in order to have their names on the ballot). We will let you know moare about how to find out who is running, but for now make sure you mark this election on your calendars. There is something you can do now to be ready:
- Check if you are registered to vote at your current address (click here to check).
On Tuesday, September 14, voters living in House District 39 (which includes the northside of Ankeny and includes Alleman and Douglas Township).
This area had been represented by Rep. John Landon, who died of cancer last month. Voters in this district will go to the polls on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 (7 am to 8 pm). Voters can vote early at the county auditor's office, or by mail (but remember voted ballots need to be in the hands of the county auditor by the time the polls close).
- Click here to find out if you are registered to vote.
- If you are not registered to vote but live in this district, you can pre-register now through Monday, August 30. You can still register to vote after August 30, but you will have to complete these additional steps.
- For more information about the election and key dates click here.
- You can learn more about the candidates at the following links:
- Republican Michael Bousselot, former Chief of Staff to Governor Branstad and current director of the Iowa Department of Management.
- Democrat Andrea Phillips, a former marketing director for a multinational corporation.
Additional Voting Resources
- Iowa Secretary of State - Voter Information
- Iowa Secretary of State - Sept. 14 Special Election Information
- Vote Now (National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities)
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