49.30  All candidates and issues on one ballot--exceptions.

All constitutional amendments, all public measures, and the names of all candidates, other than presidential electors, to be voted for in each election precinct, shall be printed on one ballot, except that separate ballots are authorized under the following circumstances:

1.  Where special paper ballots are used, if it is not possible to include all offices and public measures on a single ballot, separate ballots may be provided for nonpartisan offices, judges, or public measures.

2.  At an election where voting machines are used, the following exceptions apply:

a.  If it is impossible to place the names of all candidates on the machine ballot, the commissioner may provide a separate paper ballot for the candidates for judge of the district court, the township offices, and the nonpartisan offices listed in section 39.21. One of the paper ballots shall be furnished to each registered voter.

b.  When a precinct has one or more offices or questions on the ballot in any election that may not be legally voted upon by all registered voters of the precinct, the commissioner shall use lockout devices operated by the precinct election officials to restrict each voter to the appropriate parts of the ballot. However, if the voting machine does not have a lockout device, the commissioner may use one or more separate voting machines for each group of voters in the precinct. If neither of the foregoing procedures is feasible, the commissioner shall prepare separate ballots for the candidates or questions which may not be legally voted upon by all registered voters of the precinct, and shall furnish a separate ballot box into which only those ballots shall be deposited.

3.  Where paper ballots are used, separate paper ballots shall be used:

a.  For the election of township officers in precincts including both incorporated and unincorporated areas or more than one township.

b.  For public measures.

c.  For judges.

Section History: Early form

  [C51, § 256; R60, § 491; C73, § 616; C97, § 1106; S13, § 1106; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 748; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 49.30]

Section History: Recent form

  90 Acts, ch 1238, §17; 94 Acts, ch 1169, §64; 97 Acts, ch 170, § 29; 98 Acts, ch 1100, § 6

Internal References

  Referred to in § 49.43, 52.10

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