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More than 300 schools to take part in Iowa Youth Straw Poll on Tuesday
Paul D. Pate
Secretary of State
State Capitol
Des Moines, IA 50319
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Kevin Hall
Communications Director
(515) 725-2942
October 31, 2016

More than 300 schools to take part in Iowa Youth Straw Poll on Tuesday

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is organizing a statewide Iowa Youth Straw Poll, scheduled to take place in more than 300 schools, on Tuesday, November 1. Votes will be tallied for the U.S. presidential race, as well as Iowa's U.S. Senate and U.S. House races. Statewide results will be announced by the Secretary of State's Office on Tuesday.

"This will be a great, hands-on learning experience for thousands of Iowa students," Secretary Pate said. "We want to engage Iowa's youth in civics and get them excited about the political process. Hopefully, this will help inspire them to become active in their community and develop a passion for the electoral process and how we choose our representative form of government."

The Iowa Youth Straw Poll is a facet of the free Elections 101 curriculum developed by Secretary Pate for high school students. It is available at and is a continuation of the very successful Caucus 101 curriculum developed by Secretary Pate in 2015.

The Iowa Youth Straw Poll and the Elections 101 curriculum have the support of the Iowa Council for the Social Studies and the Iowa Department of Education.

"I believe the Youth Straw Poll will provide an interesting snapshot of where the presidential, U.S. Senate and congressional races stand, one week before the general election," Secretary Pate said. "The Straw Poll will not necessarily be indicative of how elections will turn out, but it will provide some interesting insight into which candidates have appealed to Iowa's youth."

The Iowa Secretary of State's Office will begin announcing the statewide results during a Facebook Live video on from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. The live video, from Secretary Pate's office at the State Capitol, will include student guests and teachers from various schools, including Urbandale High School, Dallas Center-Grimes High School, McCombs Middle School in Des Moines, Lincoln High School, West Central Valley Middle School in Redfield, Aplington-Parkersburg Middle School, Waukee Timberline School, Dowling Catholic, and Davis County Middle School.

Students and teachers are encouraged to use #IAparticipate hashtag on social media when posting about the Youth Straw Poll. Several of the student visitors participating in the Facebook Live stream were selected because they made posts about the Youth Straw Poll and utilized #IAparticipate.

A full list of the schools that are participating in the Iowa Youth Straw Poll will be available online at Schools can still sign up by visiting here: All grades are welcome to participate.


Secretary Pate will visit two schools Tuesday morning as they conduct the Iowa Youth Straw Poll. He will be at Urbandale High School from 9:45-10:30 a.m. and Dallas Center-Grimes High School from 11-noon.