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Youth Straw Poll
Thank you for participating in the 2024 Winter Iowa Youth Straw Poll. We appreciate you taking the time and effort to educate our future voters!

With the unexpected winter weather, we understand there were some schools who were not able to participate in the Winter Straw Poll. We hope you will join us for our next Iowa Youth Straw Poll later this year which will include Congressional District Candidates & Presidential Candidates.

Thank you for visiting the Iowa Youth Straw Poll webpage. Registration opens Wednesday, November 15th at 8 A.M.

On Tuesday, January 9, 2024 students across Iowa will participate in the Iowa Youth Straw Poll. Schools that have signed up will be giving students a chance to engage in civics and use their voice.

Will you help organize this 2024 Fall Iowa Youth Straw Poll at your school? It only takes four easy steps:

Step 1: Sign up for the statewide Iowa Youth Straw Poll.

Step 2: Promote the Iowa Youth Straw Poll with your students, teachers, school district, and civics/youth organizations.

Step 3: Conduct your Straw Poll BEFORE 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9th (or in the days/weeks leading up to the deadline). Prior to January 9th, the Secretary of State's team will send you an Action Kit containing materials and guidance. Official candidate information will be available both on this page and in your Action Kit come December 8th. If you don't want to hand count paper ballots, feel free to use any online survey application to compile your school's or organization's votes.

Step 4: Report the results. After you register in Step 1, you will receive an email confirmation with information on how to report your results. My office will report the statewide vote totals in real time.


Outside the classroom participation:
Use the hashtag #BeAVoter on any social media posts when attending campaign events, experiencing the voting process, or even during the Iowa Youth Straw Poll. The Secretary of State's Office may share or feature them in its social media and press releases.

Together, we can make #BeAVoter trend and showcase your civic engagement!

Elections 101

This FREE curriculum is available completely online. It is customizable so that you can choose to use some (or all) of the 10-day curriculum, and utilize the various 30, 60 or 90-minute lesson plans. Two new chapters highlight Winning the Vote (Women's Suffrage) and Women's Participation in Politics in the United States and Iowa as part of the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. Written by Iowa teachers for Iowa classrooms, the lessons are compliant with Iowa Core requirements for Political Science-Civic Literacy.

For any questions or information regarding the 2024 IYSP please reach out to Gracie Redel at or 515-725-0182