With New Award, Iowa SoS Looks for More Young Voters

By Ellis Codjoe, September 11, 2019

Iowa’s Secretary of State kicked off a new campaign that aims to encourage eligible high school students to register as voters.

Every Iowa high school that registers at least 90 percent of their eligible students will win the Catherine Chapman Catt Award, named after a prominent voice in the woman’s suffrage movement.

A new state law allows 17-year-olds to register and vote in the June 2020 primary if they turn 18 by November 3, 2020, the date of the General Election.

“Iowa’s at the center of the political universe right now with the Iowa Caucuses rapidly approaching,” Pate told Radio Iowa. “It’s a great time to get our young people engaged in the process.”

September 24 is National Voter Registration Day and Pate hopes schools use the day to organize their voter registration efforts.

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