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Help Iowa raise its VOICE
with Voter-Owned Iowa Clean Elections

You or your organization can get involved in several ways:

Join Us

Voter-Owned Iowa is a campaign of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI). Iowa CCI is a membership based organization over 3,600 members strong. Our power is in our numbers. The more members we have the more power we have to get action on the issues we care about. If you want to see Iowa be "Voter-Owned" become a member of our "Team Democracy!"

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Encourage your elected officials to support Voter-Owned Elections

Elected officials need to hear from you, their constituency. Email, call and/or write your state representative and state senator. Share with them why you support Voter-Owned Elections and why they should, too. Find your legislators here.

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Sign & circulate the petition

We are collecting thousands of signatures throughout the state to be presented to the State Legislature. The signature collection effort is designed to educate the public and garner support for legislation that would enact a Voter-Owned Elections Law in Iowa to put government back in the hands of the people.

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Help spread the word

If we want the people of Iowa to have a VOICE, they need to understand what clean elections are. Below is information on how to host an information meeting, host a speaker, and write a letter to the editor about Voter-Owned Iowa Clean Elections. If you'd like brochures, button, a DVD of The Road to Clean Elections - a 14-minute informational video highlighting the success Clean (Voter-Owned) Elections has had in other states - or any other material, contact Adam at

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Host a Voter-Owned Elections informational meeting in your area or
Invite a Voter-Owned Elections speaker to your union, organization or congregation.

This is a great way to educate and get more people involved in the campaign for Voter-Owned Elections in Iowa.

  • Screen The Road to Clean Elections, a 14-minute informational video, highlighting the success Clean (Voter-Owned) Elections has had in other states, produced by Public Campaign.
  • Staff who are knowledgeable about the system will help organize and attend the meeting.
  • Part of the meeting can be a strategy session to help identify ways to move this issue forward in the media, state legislature, and at a grassroots level.

If you know at least 8-10 people in your area or are a part of an organization who would be interested in attending a meeting on Voter-Owned Elections, please let us know. We've made presentations for retirees' group, churces, the American Legion , community groups, and in people's homes.

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Write a letter to the editor in support of Voter-Owned Elections.

Letters to the editor are the most read section of any newspaper. They are a great and affordable way to get the message out about Voter-Owned Elections. If you want help drafting a letter, contact Adam at or call 515/255-0800. Or click here for a submission form.

Here are some talking points to help get your letter started:

  • Voter-Owned Elections provides qualifying candidates - who agree to limit their spending and reject contributions from private sources - with a set amount of public funds to run for office.

  • Voter-Owned Elections is not an attempt to patch up the current system. It is instead designed as an alternative way for candidates to finance their campaigns. It aims to end politicians' reliance on special interest money by offering in its place a limited but competitive amount of money from the fund.

  • Iowa needs Voter-Owned Elections to help restore the principle of “one person, one vote” to elections, reduce the influence of special interest money on candidates, and restore public confidence in government and elections.

  • Voter-Owned Elections is constitutional as long as the system is voluntary. Candidates do not have to choose Voter-Owned Elections. They can reject public funds and continue to finance their campaigns the “old fashioned” way, by raising private money.

  • Poll after poll shows overwhelming support for Voter-Owned Elections! A poll conducted by The Mellman Group, Inc. of likely Iowa caucus participants in September of 1999 found that 72% of Democrats and 63% of Republicans favor a voluntary Voter-Owned Elections Law based on the successful initiates in Arizona and Maine.

Where to send your letter:

  • Des Moines Register, 715 Locust Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309 or Email to:
  • Fort Dodge Messenger, 713 Central P.O. Box 659, Fort Dodge, IA 50501
  • Cedar Rapids Gazette, 500 3rd Avenue SE PO Box 511, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
  • The Daily Nonpareil, 535 West Broadway, Suite 300, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
  • Telegraph Herald, PO Box 688, Dubuque, IA 52004-0688
    or Email to:
  • The Herald Register, 813 5th Avenue PO Box 360, Grinnell, IA 50112
  • Times-Republican, PO Box 1300, Marshalltown, IA 50158-1300
  • Sioux Center News, PO Box 238, Sioux City, IA 51101
  • Waterloo Courier, PO Box 540, Waterloo, IA 50704-0540

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Pass a resolution supporting Voter-Owned Elections

Your organization/group can pass a resolution supporting Voter-Owned Elections:

Resolution: Voluntary Voter-Owned Elections Law

WHEREAS, big money and special interest contributions unduly influence our state's election process and legislative policies; and

WHEREAS, this influence violates the rights of all Iowans to equal and meaningful participation in the democratic process; and

WHEREAS, voluntary voter-owned election laws in other states have helped to restore democracy and public confidence in the election process;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Iowa pass a voluntary voter-owned elections law. Under this law an election system will be established in which candidates could choose to no longer raise money from private sources. Instead, each participating candidate would receive a set amount of money from a publicly financed election fund. Spending by the candidate would be limited to the amount they get from the election fund.

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Donate to CCI's Voter-Owned Elections Campaign

Support from the people of Iowa is critical to helping us spread the word and push for change. Your additional investment in our work gives us the resources we need to get other Iowans on board and build the movement to take back our democracy!

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