2021 Iowa Redistricting Timeline

August 17, 2021

Ed Cook, legal counsel for the Iowa Legislative Services Agency, announced that the Iowa Temporary Redistricting Advisory Commission would release the first draft of proposed state legislative district maps on September 16, 2021. The Commission also scheduled three virtual public hearings on the following dates:

  • September 20, 2021 7:00 p.m. CT
  • September 21, 2021 12:00 p.m. CT
  • September 22, 2021 6:00 p.m. CT

September 14, 2021

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that they were extending the deadline for state legislative redistricting to December 1, 2021. The last two paragraphs are quoted below:

The LSA (Legislative Services Agency) has indicated that because of the delayed delivery of the 2020 decennial census data to the State of Iowa, the reapportionment process will not be concluded before September 1, 2021, and the apportionment will not become law before September 15, 2021. Because of this, the constitution now vests the supreme court with the responsibility and authority to “cause the state to be apportioned.” Iowa Const. art. III, § 35.


Pursuant to its constitutional authority to “cause the state to be apportioned,” the supreme court permits the parties identified in Iowa Code chapter 42 (2021) to prepare an apportionment in accord with Iowa Code chapter 42 (2021) by December 1, 2021.

September 16, 2021

The nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency (LSA) is sent to deliver the map, a copy of the bill, and a memo on standards, populations, and deviations to the House and Senate chamber for Plan 1.

September 20, 2021

The Temporary Redistricting Advisory Commission will hold virtual public hearings to gather necessary public input on proposed Plan 1.

October 05, 2021

A special session will take place to discuss Plan 1.

December 01, 2021

The redistricting process must be completed by December 1.

Source: ballotpedia.org