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The Carrie Chapman Catt Award recognizes 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.
“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 can receive this distinguished award. Schools registering at least 50% of eligible students will receive statewide recognition and commendation.
*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 next general election.
For more information about the Carrie Chapman Catt award, please visit the website for the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office.