The Iowa State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse

This website provides news, pro & con, historical, and other information related to Iowa’s constitutionally mandated November 3, 2020 referendum on whether to call a state constitutional convention.

News

Raub, Amber, Beyond the Podium: Iowa Constitutional Convention, KHQA-TV, October 25, 2020. See Fact Check for an analysis of this article.

Weigel, David, What ballot initiatives will matter, Washington Post, October 25, 2020.

Bauer, Katherince, What it would mean to have an Iowa Constitutional Convention, WQAD-TV, October 25, 2020.

Salmon, Sandy, Rep. Salmon shares thoughts on judicial retention, state constitutional convention question, The Iowa Standard, October 20, 2020.

Hogstrom, Erik, The ‘interesting side:’ Back of Dubuque County ballots features governance of local programs, Telegraph Herald, October 19, 2020.

Lynch, James, Why are Iowa voters being asked about a constitutional convention? What checking this box means, The Gazette, October 17, 2020. Also published in the Sioux City Journal, October 18, 2020; The Courier, October 19, 2020; The Globe Gazette, October 19, 2020; Clarinda Herald-Journal, October 19, 2020; Times-Republican, October 19; The Valley News, October 19, 2020; and The Daily Nonpareil, October 20, 2020. See Fact Check for an analysis of this article. On October 25, 2020 (but pre-dated as an Oct. 20, 2020 correction) The Gazette corrected in its online edition only its factually incorrect statement: “Only once in state history, in 1920, have Iowans voted in favor of a constitutional convention.” The correction: “Iowa voters have approved ballot measures calling for a state constitutional convention three times — in 1844, 1856 and 1920.”

Decious, Elijah, Constitutional convention question on this year’s ballot, The Messenger, October 15, 2020. See Fact Check for an analysis of this article.

Peterson, Amy, Flip the ballot over, Estherville News, October 11, 2020. See Fact Check for an analysis of this article.

Fodor, Cynthia, What you need to know about voting on the change to the Iowa Constitution, KCCI, October 10, 2020.

Every 10 Years Iowa Voters Vote Yes Or No On Constitutional Convention, KIWA Radio, October 9, 2020.  See Fact Check for an analysis of this article.

Nelson, Thomas, Don’t forget to turn your ballot over, Times-Republican, October 9, 2020.

Sostaric, Katarina, Iowa’s 2020 ballots contain constitutional convention question, Radio Iowa, October 9, 2020. See Fact Check for an analysis of this article. Close variations of this article also published by Storm Lake Radio and KGLO News.

Gruber-Miller, Stephen, Should Iowa hold a constitutional convention? It’s on the ballot this year, Des Moines Register, October 2, 2020. See Fact Check for an analysis of this article. On October 16, 2020, the Des Moines Register corrected its factual mistakes and issued a correction at the bottom of the article. The original Des Moines article was also published by MSN.

Gruber-Miller, Stephen, Absentee ballot requests are outpacing 2016 in many Iowa counties. Here’s how election offices say they’ve prepared, Des Moines Register, October 2, 2020.

Wolf, Gordon, Monday is first day to vote absentee in person, Bulletin-Review, October 2, 2020.

Schlesselman, Hollie, Your 2020 ballot, explained: Judicial retention elections and constitutional convention, We Are Iowa, September 16, 2020. See Fact Check for an analysis of this article.

Ask the Answer Person: What is “public measure 1” on the November 3, 2020 ballot?, decorahnews.com, September 14, 2020.

Governor Kim Reynolds Signs Proclamation to Add Constitutional Convention Question to November Ballots, KICD, September 4, 2020.

Reynolds signs proclamation placing Constitutional Convention question on ballot, Vinton Today, September 4, 2020.

Iowans will be asked during the 2020 election if they wish to call a constitutional convention, KTTC, September 3, 2020.

Hanson, Ric, IA Gov. officially authorizes Constitutional Convention question to be placed on General Election Ballot, KJAN, September 3, 2020.

Garrett, Pat, Gov Kim Reynolds Signs Required Proclamation Placing Constitutional Convention Question on General Election Ballot, River Cities’ Reader, September 3, 2020.

Gov. Reynolds signs required Proclamation placing Constitutional Convention question on General Election Ballot, Discover Muscatine, September 3, 2020.

Moon, Lindsey, Gov. Reynolds Puts Constitutional Convention Question On November Ballot, Iowa Public Radio, September 3, 2020.

Gov. Reynolds signs required Proclamation placing Constitutional Convention question on General Election Ballot, Office of the Governor of Iowa, Press Release, September 3, 2020. The full text of the proclamation is available here.

Editorials

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Editorial, 2020 ballot: What’s this about a ‘constitutional convention?’, The Family Leader, October 15, 2020.

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