Pate meets with Linn County law enforcement on domestic violence initiative

Pate met with the Linn County Sheriff and area police chiefs to talk about resources and help for people in abusive relationships. His office runs the Safe at Home program. It provides protection for survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and stalking, giving victims the ability to keep their information confidential, like their mailing address, driver’s license info, and other forms of identity.

The connection to Pate’s better-known duties as Iowa’s chief elections officer has to do with voter registration, which is a public record.

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Secretary of State launches annual voter registration drives in Iowa high schools

DES MOINES, Iowa (Iowa’s News Now) — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate kicked off his annual drive to register Iowa high school students to vote on Tuesday through the Carrie Chapman Catt Award initiative.

Every school in Iowa that registers at least 90 percent of their eligible students to vote will receive the award, named after the Iowan who was a national leader in the women’s suffrage movement. Last year, 22 schools won the award.

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Paul Pate calls election security a ‘race without a finish line’

Secretary of State Paul Pate said Thursday that Iowa can’t let up on cybersecurity efforts despite a lack of tampering in the state’s 2020 elections.

Pate joined cybersecurity and misinformation experts Thursday for a conference on election cybersecurity. He reported that the 2020 election went “fairly smoothly” in Iowa. All 99 Iowa counties had a 100% match between vote tabulators and a hand count audit from the November 2020 election, he said.

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Safe at Home program now provides address confidentiality to assault survivors

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has announced that survivors of assault are now eligible to enroll in the Safe at Home address confidentiality program overseen by his office.

Previously, participants included survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, trafficking, and stalking. The expansion of the program is part of a new law signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds on June 17.

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Iowa Republican leaders oppose federal election bill

An election bill working through the U.S. Congress is “expensive, unnecessary (and) a huge federal overreach,” according to two Iowa Republican leaders.

The bill, S.1, is a sweeping, 818-page election law that would overrule voting restrictions in many states. The bill would require states meet a standardized set of rules for ballot access, allow online voter registration and registration at state agencies, expand early voting to 15 days minimum, mandate ballot drop boxes based on population, forbid gerrymandering and create new reporting requirements and restrictions on campaign donations.

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State shatters record on voter turnout for June primary

DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced Wednesday that Iowa broke its record for a primary election with how many voters participated in Tuesday’s primary.

More than 500,000 people cast ballots, early or in-person, for the election.

“The credit goes to Iowa voters, poll workers, and county auditors,” Secretary Pate said. “Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and protests going on across the state, Iowans made their voices heard in record numbers. I am so proud of everyone who participated and the people behind the scenes in all 99 counties that made it happen. I also want to thank Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Iowa National Guard for delivering masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer to the counties so Iowans could vote safely at the polls.”

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Iowa Secretary of State to Pelosi: ‘Iowans should have the final say in all Iowa elections’

Republican Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate on Monday sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., urging her to respect Iowa’s bipartisan recount process and state-certified election results declaring U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, the winner of Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District.

The Committee on House Administration is considering a challenge from Democrat Rita Hart, who is contesting the state-certified results that place Miller-Meeks as the winner by just six votes out of nearly 400,000 cast in the race.

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Secretary Pate wins national award for improving accessibility for voters with disabilities

For the second time in three years, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate earned a national award for his efforts to help Iowans with disabilities vote. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) announced Thursday that the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office is the recipient of the 2020 Clearie Award for Improving Accessibility for Voters with Disabilities.

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