Youth Straw Poll

Thank you for visiting the Iowa Youth Straw Poll webpage. Click here to view a list of candidates for the 2022 Fall Youth Straw Poll. To view a powerpoint with information on each candidate, click here.

On Tuesday, October 25, 2022 students across Iowa will participate in the Iowa Youth Straw Poll. Schools that have signed up will be giving students a chance to voice their opinion on the U.S. Senate, U.S House of Representatives, and Iowa Governor elections.

Check out this sign-up map below to see which schools statewide are participating:

Will you help organize this 2022 Fall Iowa Youth Straw Poll at your school? It only takes four easy steps:

Step 1: Click Registration to 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 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25 (or in the days/weeks leading up to the deadline). The Secretary of State's team will send you a PDF version of the official 2022 Fall ballot (also located directly below here), I-Voted stickers, and #BeAVoter scroll banners upon request. 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 by clicking on this link. 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.