Secretary Pate announces Carrie Chapman Catt Award for high schools that register 90% of eligible students to vote

(Des Moines) Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate kicked off a new voter registration initiative today aimed at Iowa high school students.

Every school in Iowa that registers at least 90 percent of their eligible students to vote will receive the Carrie Chapman Catt Award, named after the Iowan who was a national leader in the women’s suffrage movement.

A new state law allows 17-year-olds to register to vote in Iowa. They can also participate in primary elections if they will be 18 in time for the general election. Partnering with Project High Hopes, the YMCA Youth and Government organization and the Iowa Council for the Social Studies, Secretary Pate will help schools across the state organize and conduct voter registration drives.

Tuesday, September 24 is National Voter Registration Day and Secretary Pate hopes schools use that annual event to organize voter registration efforts in their schools. Schools interested in being considered for the Carrie Chapman Catt Award and receiving information and resources about how to conduct a voter registration should visit