The Iowa State Bar Association is committed to providing Iowans the facts about our Iowa judges and dedicated to maintaining the quality of Iowa's fair and impartial courts. In doing so, the ISBA will promptly and decisively correct misinformation concerning our judicial system and Iowa judges as part of its focus
on supporting a yes vote for all judges and justices standing for retention in this year’s election.
Video - Judicial Elections (PBS)
PBS takes a look at the 2012 Iowa judicial elections with a focus on the enormous increase in the amount of money spent on judicial elections in recent years.
Video - ISBA President Cindy Moser's Message Cindy is joined by her friends from the West Wing who are dealing with the "crisis" of voters not turning over their ballots and voting on the non-partisan races. Pass this on so your friends and family don't forget to turn over the ballot.
Video - Iowa Press
September 28 ISBA President Cindy Moser was a guest on IPTV's Iowa Press. Joining Cindy at the Iowa Press table to discuss the upcoming judicial retention election was the President of The Family Leader, Bob Vander Plaats.
Video - KCCI-TV
August 9 ISBA Officers hold a press conference at the 2012 Iowa State Fair announcing the results of the 2012 Judicial Performance Review.
Hawkeye Poll shows support for Wiggins, Romney "A majority of likely Iowa voters say they’re voting to retain Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins this fall. Fifty-three percent support in data released Wednesday is the highest mark yet in polling over Wiggins’ retention." Iowa City Press-Citizen - Oct. 31
New video explains why it is important to turn the ballot over and vote on Iowa's judges and justices standing for retention in this year’s election.
Vander Plaats' constitutional argument is just wrong "Those who argue that by deciding the Varnum case the Iowa Supreme Court was “legislating from the bench” and “amending the constitution” — “going outside the constitution” — are just wrong. And their attack on the court threatens the impartiality and independence of our judiciary on which our Iowa Constitution and our freedoms depend." Allan Vestal, Dean, Drake Law School
Mixing politics, courts is bad for business "Two years have passed since the first campaign focused the retention vote on the marriage case. On the surface it seems little has changed. Outside money and interference continue to pour in, and the threat to judicial independence remains as real as it was in 2010. I sense, however, that voters have a better understanding of what is at stake for our fair judicial process and our state’s economic growth." Larry Zimpleman, CEO & President, Principal Financial Group
First, the independence of our judges is the envy of the rest of the world and crucial to our exceptional success as a capitalist democracy.
Second, the equality issues at stake in same-sex marriage, the only decision of Justice Wiggins that has been criticized, cannot be compromised without doing violence to a crucial pillar of our constitution."
Maura Strassberg, Professor, Drake Law School
Anti-Wiggins crusade is about motivating conservative voters
"For those people who care about the reasoning for the Varnum decision, however, I have to suggest they read the decision in its entirety. It is not a quick read, but if one thinks about the content and depth of the decision, it is inescapable that the court gave the decision a very thorough and thoughtful effort. The opinion is well reasoned and carefully written only after methodically addressing the issues required by the framework that exists in every constitutional challenge." Roger Kuhle, Represented Timothy Brien in the Brien v. Varnum case
Why you should vote YES
There are a variety of reasons why you as an Iowan should vote YES to retain all 74 Iowa judges and justices up for retention this year. Below are three reasons. Click here for more.
1) A “YES” vote helps keep politics and out-of-state money out of our courts
2) A "YES"vote keeps our Iowa judges and justices accountable to the constitution, not to political pressure or popular opinion
3) A "YES" vote helps ensure fair hearing regardless of financial status, gender, ethnic background or political affiliation or connections
This retention vote is not about whether you agree with the Varnum decision. Rather the question is whether the Iowa judge standing is competent, ethical and works hard to resolve the day-to-day legal issues of Iowans. Our Iowa judges and justices are competent, ethical, and work hard day in and day out for all Iowans. We urge you to turn your ballot over and vote YES to retain our Iowa judges and justices.
2012 Judicial Performance Review
The results of the Judicial Performance Review indicate that all 74 judges and justices up for retention this year are well qualified and deserve to be retained by Iowans. Out of the more than 8,000 Iowa attorneys, 1,400 participated in the survey. Only those attorneys who have practiced before a judge or justice are qualified to rate that particular judge.
Contrary to what opposition groups would like Iowans to believe, the 63% Justice David Wiggins received is in no way a grade. The review is a poll and 63% of the 506 attorneys who rated Justice Wiggins believe that he should be retained. In the polling world, 63% is a high percentage and one that any politician, which Justice Wiggins is not, would love to receive.
Request an Absentee Ballot
Any registered voter in Iowa may request an absentee ballot through their county auditor.