Iowa does not hold recall elections

Within minutes of adjournment of the Linn County Compensation Board, I had an attendee of the meeting question me about holding a recall election. Last week, someone wanted to know how to recall a member of a city council. Normally, I get this question about once a month.

One of the purposes of this blog is to provide answers to frequently asked questions. I’m posting this answer with that purpose in mind.

Recall elections are NOT an option in Iowa.  Recall elections ARE an option in Nebraska and other states.  A quick internet search using the words – recall election Nebraska – will unearth many articles on Nebraska’s recall elections.

Iowa does have Chapter 66 – Removal from Office. Please consult an attorney if you have questions about Chapter 66.   I am unfamiliar with Chapter 66.  I do not know if/when it’s been used anywhere in the State of Iowa in recent times.  I am not an attorney.

One comment on “Iowa does not hold recall elections

  1. February 4, 2009 Seth Moomey

    It looks like a few lawmakers are attempting to have that changed.

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