Area Youth Straw Poll Taking Place Statewide Today

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s Fall 2019 Iowa Youth Straw Poll takes place in schools across Iowa on Tuesday. More than 300 schools have registered to take part in the Straw Poll, which will measure students’ preferred candidates in the Presidential, U.S. Senate and U.S. House races.  Those schools include Keokuk Public and Catholic schools, Central Lee, Fort Madison, Burlington and other SE Iowa schools.

Live results will be posted on the Secretary of State’s website, sos.iowa.gov, and are available at this link (some results have already come in). A news release with up-to-date results will be distributed as well. 

An alphabetical list of the schools participating in the Youth Straw Poll is available at Elections101.org/BeAVoter.

The Office of Iowa Secretary of State states the goal of the Iowa Youth Straw Poll is to engage students in a fun, hands-on learning experience that will inspire them toward civic engagement. The Iowa Youth Straw Poll is a facet of “Elections 101”, a free online curriculum developed by Secretary Pate and written by Iowa teachers for Iowa students. The Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa Council for the Social Studies support the curriculum and the Youth Straw Poll.

Students, teachers, and media are encouraged to post pictures on social media of the students voting, using the #BeAVoter hashtag.