State Information

Youth Straw Poll
October 29, 2019
Sign-up Form – IA Sec. of State
Held in Schools Statewide
Report Results by 3:00pm


Voter Registration Award

Carrie Chapman Catt Award
Sign-up your school below:
Catt Award Sign-up Form

Need to register to vote in Iowa?
Register to Vote


State Contacts

Nancy LoGuidice
Youth Voter Reg. Coordinator
YMCA Youth and Government

Want to learn more about YMCA Youth and Government? Please contact:

Derek Summerville
Shared Services Coordinator
YMCA Youth and Government
P 239-634-4117


Carrie Chapman Catt Award

At the summit, the Secretary of State’s Office will introduce the Carrie Chapman Catt Award to recognize high schools throughout the state for their commitment to registering students to vote. Iowan Carrie Chapman Catt was a national leader in the women’s suffrage movement and helped secure the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

“This year marks the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. I can think of no better way to mark that important milestone than by encouraging young people to get involved while recognizing the sacrifices and accomplishments of suffragists like Carrie Chapman Catt.”  -Paul Pate, Iowa Secretary of State   

Schools registering at least 90% of eligible students* to vote will receive this distinguished award.  Schools registering at least 50% of eligible students will receive statewide recognition and commendation.

Sign-up your school to be eligible for the Carrie Chapman Catt Award using the form below. Unsure if your school has signed-up? Check our sign-up map to find your school.

Catt Award School Sign-up Form

*Eligible students refers to all seniors at your high school who are eligible to register to vote. The only seniors who would be considered not eligible are those who aren’t US citizens (not eligible to vote), or those who won’t be 18 years old by the general election on Nov. 3rd, 2020.


Iowa Youth Straw Poll

On Tuesday, Oct. 29, students across Iowa will participate in the Secretary of State’s 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.

Make sure your school participates in the Straw Poll by completing these steps:

  • Promote the Straw Poll to your students and other teachers in your school and district. We’ll be sharing and developing strategies to promote the Straw Poll at the Youth Voter Summit.
  • Conduct your school’s poll before 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29 (or in the days/weeks prior). The Secretary of State’s team will send you a sample 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 you prefer to compile your school’s votes.
  • Report the results at this link: Report Straw Poll Results. After your school registers, you will receive an email confirmation with information on how to report your results. The Secretary of State’s office will report the vote totals in real time.