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Youth Straw Poll

Thank you for visiting the Iowa Youth Straw Poll page. Click here to view a list of candidates for the 2020 Youth Straw Poll. To view each candidate's unique campaign video for the event, click here.

On Tuesday, October 27, 2020 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. President, U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representative races.

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



Will you help organize this 2020 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 Straw Poll to your students and other teachers in your school and district.

Step 3: Conduct your Straw Poll BEFORE 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27 (or in the days/weeks leading up to the deadline). The Secretary of State's team with send you a PDF version of the official 2020 Fall IYSP ballot that you can use (also located directly below here). However, if you don't want to hand-count paper ballots, feel free to use any online survey application you prefer to compile your school's votes.

2020 Fall IYSP Ballots


2020 Fall IYSP District 1 Ballot2020 Fall IYSP District 2 Ballot
2020 Fall IYSP District 3 Ballot2020 Fall IYSP District 4 Ballot

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.

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.

OUR HASHTAG FOR THE 2020 IOWA YOUTH STRAW POLL: #BEAVOTER

Outside the classroom participation:
Encourage your students to use the hashtag #BeAVoter on any posts or photos they upload from campaign events, experiencing the voting process, and during your school's Iowa Youth Straw Poll and we may feature them on our social media and press releases.

Together, we can make #BeAVoter trend and showcase your school's achievement!