State Information

Youth Voter Summit
October 20, 2019 (New Date!)
Registration Form
10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Check-in begins 10:00 AM
Wellmark YMCA | Des Moines

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


Iowa Youth Voter Summit

This fall, we’re excited to host a statewide Youth Voter Summit in partnership with the Iowa Secretary of State‘s office and Inspire2Vote!

The Iowa Youth Voter Summit will take place on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 (NEW DATE) from 10:30am – 4:00pm. Check-in will begin at 10:00am at the Wellmark YMCA located at 501 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309.

Registration is free, and now open for all high school students (grades 9-12), educators, administrators, and community partners at the link below:

Youth Voter Summit Registration Form | Share: Summit Flyer (PDF)

At the summit, you’ll hear from a variety of speakers and organizations who will provide everything you need to plan and conduct voter registration in your schools/communities:

  • History of Voting Rights
  • Introduction of Carrie Chapman Catt Award by Iowa Sec. of State’s Office
  • Examples of Voter Reg. Events by Iowa YMCAs
  • Leadership Styles Workshop
  • Voter Registration Training & Workshop by Inspire2Vote
  • Best Practices for Non-Partisan Outreach & Conduct
  • Presentation by YMCA Youth and Government
  • Action Planning Workshop to plan voter registration efforts

Parking during the summit is free to all attendees. Please use the City of Des Moines Parking Garage at 5th & Keo (Click Here for Directions), which is located on the east side of 5th St. next to the Wellmark YMCA. The garage is free on Sunday, and plenty of spots will be available. You can access the Y via the Skywalk.

Street parking is also available on the east and south sides of the Wellmark YMCA, and is also free on Sundays.


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.