Upcoming Election

The city of De Soto Iowa will hold a regular election on Tuesday November 7th, 2017.  This election will be to fill three city council seats, and the position of Mayor is also up for election.


What is the City Election?
The city election is held in odd-numbered years to elect city officers and vote on public measures. All cities will hold a regular city election on November 7th, 2017


What are the Candidate Qualifications?
A candidate must be an eligible elector in the city and city ward (if any) at the time of filing nomination papers and at the time of the election.  

An eligible elector meets all requirements to register to vote but does not have to be registered to vote.

An eligible elector must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States,
  • Be a resident of Iowa, and
  • Be at least 18 years old.

An eligible elector may not:

  • Be a convicted felon (unless voting rights have been restored by the president or governor),
  • Be currently judged incompetent to vote by a court, and
  • Claim the right to vote in any other place. 

What is needed to place your name on the ballot? 
Fill out, and turn in an State of Iowa Affidavit of Candidacy form – The form is available here

Fill out and collect signatures on the Nomination Petition form – The form is available here

The following document will help you with any questions you may have, and the proper procedure for becoming a candidate.  – City Candidate Guide 2017 State of Iowa


When is the filing period? 
Nomination papers must be filed with the control county auditor during the filing period. They cannot be filed before or after the filing period.

The filing period is:
First day: Monday, August 28, 2017
Last day: Thursday, September 21, 2017 – 5 p.m.