House Study Bill 13 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1proposing an amendment to the Constitution
2of the State of Iowa relating to the qualifications of
3electors.
   4BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
1   Section 1.  The following amendment to the Constitution of
2the State of Iowa is proposed:
   3Section 1 of Article II of the Constitution of the State of
4Iowa, as amended by the amendment of 1970, is repealed and the
5following adopted in lieu thereof:
   6Section1.  Electors.  Only a citizen of the United States
7of the age of eighteen years, who shall have been a resident
8of this state for such period of time as shall be provided by
9law and of the county in which the citizen claims the citizen’s
10vote for such period of time as shall be provided by law, shall
11be entitled to vote at all elections which are authorized by
12law. However, for purposes of a primary election, a United
13States citizen must be at least eighteen years of age as of
14the next general election following the primary election. The
15required periods of residence shall not exceed six months in
16this state and sixty days in the county.
17   Sec. 2.REFERRAL AND PUBLICATION.   The foregoing proposed
18amendment to the Constitution of the State of Iowa is referred
19to the general assembly to be chosen at the next general
20election for members of the general assembly, and shall be
21published as provided by law for three months previous to the
22date of that election.
23EXPLANATION
24The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
25the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   26This joint resolution proposes an amendment to the
27Constitution of the State of Iowa relating to the qualification
28of electors. The joint resolution reduces the voting age in
29the Constitution of the State of Iowa from 21 years of age to 18
30years of age, except that a person who will be 18 years of age
31by the next general election shall be permitted to vote in a
32primary election. Eighteen years of age is the current voting
33age for every election in the United States due to the adoption
34of the 26th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
   35The resolution, if adopted, would be published and then
-1-1referred to the next general assembly (90th) for adoption,
2before being submitted to the electorate for ratification.
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