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Pate announces Iowa College Voter Engagement Drive; Launches to help remind Iowans to participate in elections
Paul D. Pate
Secretary of State
State Capitol
Des Moines, IA 50319
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Kevin Hall
Communications Director
(515) 725-2942
September 15, 2016

Pate announces Iowa College Voter Engagement Drive; Launches to help remind Iowans to participate in elections

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announces a partnership with 38 colleges and universities across the state for the inaugural Iowa College Voter Engagement Drive. Additionally the Secretary of State’s Office launched a new voter engagement tool, entitled My Iowa Vote, to remind and encourage college students and all Iowans to register and participate in the November general election.

"There are more than 300,000 college students in Iowa and I hope all of them participate in the November election,” Secretary Pate said. “Becoming involved in the electoral process now will hopefully spur them to remain engaged citizens in their communities after graduation. Hopefully, they remain in the state of Iowa to pursue their careers, as well.

Pate made the remarks during a news conference at Drake University, one of the many schools that is heavily involved in the College Voter Engagement Drive. Drake University is also collaborating with the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office on the My Iowa Vote initiative.

"I encourage all Iowans to visit There, they can register to vote, update their voter registration information, locate their polling place, and opt-in to receive a series of text or email reminders for when to vote,” Pate said. "It’s a phenomenal tool that you can access online anytime. We are encouraging schools, universities, businesses, organizations and political parties to utilize My Iowa Vote." is developed through the TurboVote technology offered by Democracy Works, a non-partisan organization dedicated to making voting simpler. provides tools that can be inserted into any website as an I-frame, sent as a link in an email, and inserted into any social media site, for free.

"The Iowa Secretary of State has done an extraordinary job reaching out to Iowa’s colleges and universities to encourage voter registration and participation, an initiative that welcomes new voters into the Iowa political community. Drake University is pleased and proud to join those efforts, and to continue our own institutional commitment to active and informed civic participation, respectful dialogue about the issues that define our collective future, and responsible citizenship,” said Dr. Rachel Paine Caufield from the Department of Political Science at Drake University.

"The Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics is pleased to work with the Iowa Secretary of State's Office to encourage increased participation by young citizens in the upcoming elections," said center director Dianne Bystrom. "I am also pleased that the Iowa Secretary of State has sponsored an opportunity for colleges and universities to participate in TurboVote, which has an excellent record of getting out the vote on Election Day."

More than 84 percent of eligible Iowans are registered to vote. Secretary of State Paul Pate’s goal is for all eligible Iowans to register and participate in elections. That includes college students and millennials.

"Iowa has a strong track record of voter engagement and we applaud these efforts to continue it with the next generation," said Emily Shields, Executive Director, Iowa Campus Compact. "Educating students for democratic participation is a critical mission of higher education and our member campuses are committed to supporting these efforts."

The 38 Iowa colleges and universities partnering with the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office for the Iowa College Voter Engagement Drive include:

  • Briar Cliff University
  • Buena Vista University
  • Central College
  • Clarke University
  • Clinton Community College
  • Cornell College
  • Des Moines Area Community College
  • Des Moines University
  • Dordt College
  • Drake University
  • Emmaus Bible College
  • Graceland University
  • Grand View University
  • Iowa Central Community College
  • Iowa Lakes Community College, Emmetsburg
  • Iowa Lakes Community College, Estherville
  • Iowa Lakes Community College, Spencer
  • Iowa State University
  • Iowa Valley Community Colleges
  • Iowa Western Community College
  • Kirkwood Community College
  • Mercy College of Health Sciences
  • Morningside College
  • Mt. Mercy University
  • North Iowa Area Community College
  • Northeast Iowa Community College
  • Northwest Iowa Community College
  • Northwestern College
  • Palmer Chiropractic
  • Simpson College
  • St. Ambrose University
  • University of Dubuque
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • Upper Iowa University
  • Waldorf University
  • Wartburg College
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College