Youth Straw Poll

Thank you for visiting the Iowa Youth Straw Poll page.

On November 1, 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. House, U.S. Senate and Presidential races.

Will you help organize this fall's 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 the end of the school day on November 1 (or in the days/weeks leading up to the deadline). The office will be sending you a sample .Doc file of the ballot you can use. However, if you don't want to hand- count paper ballots, feel free to use any online survey application that you like to compile your school's votes.

Step 4: Report the results by clicking the sign-in link above. 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.

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. Written by Iowa teachers for Iowa classrooms, the lessons are compliant with Iowa Core requirements for Political Science-Civic Literacy.

NEW for the 2016 Iowa Youth Straw Poll: #IAparticipate

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

Participate in our Official Livestream of the Iowa Youth Straw Poll Results:
We are looking for six students to join us at the Iowa State Capitol on November 1 from 3:30-4:30 PM. Students selected will help the office present the Youth Straw Poll results on FACEBOOK LIVE. Have your students tweet at the @IowaSOS twitter account using the #IAparticipate hashtag and tell us why they want to help us deliver the Straw Poll results on November 1, and they may get chosen to join us at the Capitol. Learn more here.

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