Paul D. Pate
Secretary of State
Des Moines, IA 50319
|OFFICE OF THE IOWA SECRETARY OF STATE|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MEDIA RELEASE: Secretary Pate sets Iowa High School Voter Registration Day on March 22
DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is calling for every Iowa high school to conduct a voter registration drive on Wednesday, March 22.
“Engaging in Iowa High School Voter Registration Day is a great opportunity for students to participate in their communities and encourages civic engagement for our next generation of voters,” Secretary Pate said. “It is vital for students to understand that their involvement in elections is the best way to make their voices heard. I encourage every Iowa high school to participate in this statewide event.”
Iowa law allows 17-year-olds to register to vote and there are currently more than 3,400 already registered. They can also participate in primary elections as long as they turn 18 prior to or on the day of the general election. Iowa law requires high schools to conduct two voter registration drives every school year.
“Voting is both a fundamental right and an important way for individuals to engage in their communities,” said Iowa Department of Education Director Ann Lebo. “When young people are registered, they are more likely to turn out to vote. Participating in high school voter registration day is a great opportunity to promote civic engagement and motivate young people to take part in shaping the world that we live in.”
To check your voter registration status, register to vote or update your information, visit VoterReady.Iowa.gov.
A soundbite from Secretary Pate is available for your use at this link.