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Secretary Pate Applauds Iowa Senate on Passage of Voting Age Bill, Encourages House Members to Support

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DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate supports the Iowa Senate bill that would allow 17-year-olds to participate in primary elections, if they will be 18 by the date of that year’s general election. Pate, Iowa’s Commissioner of Elections, proposed an amendment to Senate File 2142 that altered the present age of voter […]

State and Federal Candidate Filing Period Underway

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How to find which candidates have successfully filed DES MOINES – The filing period for Iowa’s state and federal office seekers began Monday morning, February 29, at 8 am and runs through 5 pm on March 18. Candidates must file their paperwork with the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office. The petition requirements for each office […]

State Parties Receive Large Boost from Caucus Night Registrations

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DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announces that both the Republican Party of Iowa and the Iowa Democratic Party saw substantial gains in their voter registration numbers as a result of the February 1 Iowa Caucuses. Additionally, Iowa gained almost 12,000 new registrations between February 1-February 22, most of which are directly […]

Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

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(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from sunrise Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 until sunset, on the day of internment, to honor former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Scalia passed away on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. “Chris and I wish to extend our deepest condolences […]

It’s About the Ideal Candidate, Not the Party

Views from the Fellowship Bible Church Activity Building as caucus-goers cast their secret ballots.

by Esther Lwakabamba The Iowa Caucus has come to an end. Last night saw a record number of new and experienced caucus participants. Undeniably, caucus-goers this election cycle had a number of options with the pool of candidates on both sides. Some say they were looking for the ideal candidate, regardless of party lines. “Personally, […]

Spoils shared for Democrats

Clinton and Sanders supporters try to convince O'Malley supporters to come to their side.

by Sergio Carro Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton neck and neck after Iowa Caucuses 103 people turned out to caucus at Oskaloosa High School to vote, with results split almost entirely down the middle of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Three voters came to support Martin O’Malley but were soon disbanded once caucusing began, convinced […]

Iowa Caucus Enjoys Record Turnout

Volunteers count ballots on Monday night.

Oskaloosa, Iowa – People across Iowa met in small meeting rooms, county shops and school lunch rooms in order to make the nation’s first official vote in the race for the White House in 2016. Surrogates for each candidate took the opportunity to talk about their candidate of choice. Neighbors spoke about their choices in […]

Statement from Secretary of State Paul Pate Regarding Misleading Mailer from Cruz for President Campaign

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DES MOINES – “Today I was shown a piece of literature from the Cruz for President campaign that misrepresents the role of my office, and worse, misrepresents Iowa election law. Accusing citizens of Iowa of a “voting violation” based on Iowa Caucus participation, or lack thereof, is false representation of an official act. There is […]

Results from the 2016 Iowa Youth Presidential Straw Poll

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DES MOINES – More than 50,000 students participated in the statewide 2016 Iowa Youth Presidential Straw Poll on Tuesday. The Straw Poll was organized and the results were tabulated by Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate. This was the largest youth straw poll in Iowa history. Students voted in both Republican and Democratic Straw Polls. […]

Secretary of State Paul Pate Conducting Iowa Youth Presidential Straw Poll on January 26

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DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is organizing a statewide Youth Straw Poll, scheduled to take place in schools across Iowa, on Tuesday, January 26. The goal of the Straw Poll is to engage students in a hands-on learning experience that will inspire them to participate in civics in their community. Approximately […]


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