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Nevada, Iowa Election Information

2023 Election information


Signature Requirements – Nevada is a city without runoff provisions and follows Chapter 45, Nomination by Petition

The minimum number of signatures needed is dependent on the size of the city.

  • For cities with a population of 3,500 or greater: at least twenty-five (25) signatures

For Offices Elected by Ward (Nevada has Wards 1 through 4)

In cities where council members are only voted on by the residents of the ward, petition signers must live within the ward.

Filing Period

Monday, August 28 – Thursday, September 21, 2023

  • Nomination petitions and affidavits of candidacy are filed with the city clerk.
  • City Clerk’s offices must be open until 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline.
  • Affidavits must be notarized.
  • For more information please see the Candidate’s Guide from the Iowa Secretary of State

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Paperwork required (fillable forms available on SOS website) or at City Hall

  • Nomination Petition (needs at least 25 signatures) State of Iowa
  • Affidavit of Candidacy (needs notarized)

Useful Links:

Secretary of State’s Office:

Ethics & Campaign Disclosure BoardGuide for City Candidates | Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board

The following City of Nevada Offices will be on the Ballot on November 7, 2023

(Incumbent shown in parentheses)

WARD 1  (Barb Mittman)

WARD 3 (Sandy Ehrig)

AT-LARGE (Jason Sampson)



For new voter identification requirements see the Iowa Secretary of State’s website.

The Iowa League of Cities has collaborated with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board to develop the City Candidate’s Guide, which gives potential candidates a description of the process and requirements for conducting a campaign, as well as an overview of city government. Copies are available at City Hall.

The City of Nevada, per Chapter 6 of the Nevada Code of Ordinances, holds City Elections by Nomination. All candidates for elective municipal offices shall be nominated under the provisions of Chapter 45 of the Code of Iowa. (Code of Iowa, Sec. 376.3) Click on the link below to be directed to the Iowa Secretary of State’s website for City Elections to obtain the Candidate’s Guide “for cities without primary election provisions” and nomination papers. Nomination papers are also available at City Hall. Legislation passed in 2014 transferred nomination paper filling responsibilities to the county auditor/county commissioner of elections. However, effective July 1, 2016, SF2242 allowed County Auditors to designate city clerks the authority to receive nomination papers for elective city offices. On June 27, 2016, Story County Auditor designated the City Clerk’s office as the filing officer to receive nomination papers for elective city offices. This allows nomination papers to be turned in to the Nevada City Clerk’s office at 1209 6th Street in Nevada, Iowa.

Iowa Secretary of State Candidate’s Guide to a Regular City Election

Ward Map


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