You have no statewide Initiative & Referendum rights.


See the results of a poll on support for statewide initiative & referendum here.

Grade: F

Click here to view Iowa’s individual report in Of the People, By the People, For the People: A 2010 Report Card on Statewide Voter Initiative Rights.

State Balloting Process

How to bring the ballot initiative process to Iowa


In 1904, I&R advocates began making headway with an endorsement
from the Prohibitionist Party, followed in 1906 by the support of the
Socialists and Populists and, in 1910, that of the Democrats. An
amendment by Republican State Representative David E. Kulp calling for
statewide I&R reached the floor of the lower house of the legislature in
1911, but it was defeated 58 to 42… Read More

Ballot Qualifications & Schedule

There is currently no statewide initiative or referendum in Iowa. Join Citizens in Charge Foundation and volunteer to help organize your state.