|Paul D. Pate
Secretary of State
Des Moines, IA 50319
|OFFICE OF THE IOWA SECRETARY OF STATE|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 28, 2016
30-year military veteran votes for first time after attending Iowa Secretary of State's workshop in Davenport
DAVENPORT - The Iowa Secretary of State's Office partnered with the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council to conduct a workshop Thursday at the Scott County Administration Building to help military veterans and Iowans with disabilities participate in elections. The 45-minute workshop is part of a 21-city tour around the state aimed at providing information about voting to any Iowan who has a disability or cares for someone with a disability.
One of the attendees of the work shop was Davenport resident Frank Delaney, a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Army. Immediately after the workshop, Delaney voted for the first time in his life. He cast his ballot at the Scott County auditor's office.
"We've been travelling the state to let veterans know that they had our back, defending our rights and freedoms, and now when it comes to voting, we have their back," said Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate. "I am so moved by this story and think it is a great thing that Frank decided to vote for the very first time in his life. I thank Frank for his service to our country, and for making his voice heard and deciding to be a voter this year."
These workshops provide veterans and Iowans with disabilities with an opportunity to ask questions and to learn about the recent changes that make it possible for all voters, regardless of ability, to cast their ballot.