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Iowa ranked 3rd best in nation for election administration

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced the State of Iowa ranked third best in the nation for administration of the 2020 elections, according to new data.

The Elections Performance Index (EPI), compiled by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Election Data and Science Lab, ranks states based on voter turnout, voter registration rate, and overall administration of elections.


MEDIA RELEASE: Iowa’s top elected officials endorse Paul Pate for Secretary of State

DES MOINES – Every Republican in Iowa who holds statewide or federal office is endorsing Paul Pate’s bid for reelection. Pate announced last week he is seeking a fourth term as Iowa Secretary of State.

U.S. Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley, U.S. House Representatives Randy Feenstra, Ashley Hinson and Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Governor Kim Reynolds, Lt. Governor Adam Gregg, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, and former Governor Terry Branstad all support Paul Pate.

What They’re Saying:

“Iowa’s elections are more secure because of the work of Secretary of State Paul Pate. Secretary Pate led the way on implementing voter ID in Iowa and stood up for Iowa voters against Nancy Pelosi’s partisan power grab to overturn the voice of Iowans in the Second Congressional District election of 2020. I endorse Secretary Pate for re-election.” – Chuck Grassley, U.S. Senator

“As a former county auditor who ran elections at the local level in Iowa, I know firsthand the importance of maintaining the security and integrity of our election system, and thanks to Secretary Pate’s work and leadership through efforts like voter ID he has done exactly that. We need Secretary Pate back at the helm, which is why I am proud to give him my full endorsement for re-election this fall.” – Joni Ernst, U.S. Senator

“As Secretary of State, Paul Pate has fought alongside Iowa Republicans to ensure the integrity of Iowa’s election system, including his strong support for Voter ID. I look forward to joining him on the campaign trail this year because it’s critical that we elect strong Republicans up and down the ticket in 2022.” – Kim Reynolds, Iowa Governor

“Paul Pate has my full support for re-election as Secretary of State. Under his tenure, Iowa has had safe and secure elections with record turnout, and I’m proud to endorse him.” – Ashley Hinson, Iowa 1st District U.S. Congresswoman

“Paul Pate stood up to Nancy Pelosi’s partisan attempt to overturn Iowa’s certified election results in the 2nd District. We need his leadership to ensure clean & fair elections in our state.” – Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Iowa 2nd District U.S. Congresswoman

“Secretary Pate has been a strong voice for election integrity and fair elections in Iowa. He has strengthened voter ID requirements, cut bureaucratic red tape for small business owners, and fought against liberal attempts to meddle in our local elections. I am proud to endorse his re-election and look forward to him delivering results for Iowans in the years ahead.” Randy Feenstra, Iowa 4th District U.S. Congressman

“As Secretary of State, Paul Pate has helped lead efforts to ensure integrity in Iowa’s elections, making it easier to vote and hard to cheat, while also making sure that Iowa is open for business so that companies can thrive and expand. Secretary Pate is a dedicated public servant who has made great improvements to the office of Secretary of State and made the lives of Iowans better. That’s why I’m endorsing him for re-election in 2022.” – Mike Naig, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture

“Secretary of State Paul Pate has worked with Iowa Republicans to ensure Iowa’s election system is safe and secure. I support Paul’s re-election campaign and look forward to supporting the entire Republican ticket.” – Adam Gregg, Iowa Lieutenant Governor

“I’ve known Paul Pate for many years & appreciate his longtime dedication to the State of Iowa. We need Paul’s leadership overseeing our elections.” – Terry Branstad, former Iowa Governor

Secretary Pate calls for statewide High School Voter Registration Day on Feb. 22

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is encouraging every high school in Iowa to conduct a voter registration drive on Tuesday, Feb. 22. The date coincides with the birthday of first U.S. President George Washington and will also be “Twosday” on the numerical calendar, 2/22/22.

“Engaging young people in civics is a great way to inspire them to be active citizens throughout their lives,” Secretary Pate said. “It’s vital for students to learn that registering to vote and participating in elections is the best way to make sure their voices are heard. I hope every high school in Iowa will participate in this statewide event.”

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Iowa Secretary of State encourages more Iowans to become poll workers ahead of 2022 midterm elections

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate this week is encouraging Iowans to become poll workers this week. IPR’s Clay Masters speaks with Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate about how Iowans can become poll workers.

Tuesday, Jan. 25, was National Poll Worker Recruitment Day. Iowa deploys around 10,000 poll workers for each election.

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Iowa businesses unite against human trafficking in new statewide initiative

Iowa launched a new statewide alliance Thursday to combat human trafficking.

The Iowa Business Against Trafficking (IBAT) initiative asks Iowa employers to promote awareness of human trafficking prevention resources. Businesses have to do two things each year to participate in the coalition: educate their employees and customers on the signs of human trafficking, and take action to prevent it by sharing resources.

“We are building an army to battle human trafficking,” Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate said at a news conference Thursday.

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Pate Partners With Hy-Vee to Honor Veterans

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate and Hy-Vee will join forces to pay tribute to Iowa’s military men and women on Veterans Day. On Thursday, November 11, Hy-Vee stores across the state will distribute a free breakfast to all veterans and active-duty military in gratitude of their service to our country. Hy-Vee will also circulate the Iowa Secretary of State’s “Honor A Veteran” postcards, encouraging customers to pay tribute to a loved one who served our country.

“Veterans Day is about saying thank you and recognizing the sacrifice of those who defended our freedoms,” Secretary Pate said. “Since our statehood nearly 175 years ago, Iowans have risen to the task. I’m honored once again to work with Hy-Vee to pay tribute to these brave men and women.”

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Pate orders vote audits in random precincts in each of Iowa’s 99 counties

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate says there was “a pretty big uptick” in voter turn out for yesterday’s city and school board elections in Polk, Linn and Black Hawk Counties.

“The early voting was significantly higher in the major urban counties,” Pate says. “Some of them were seeing almost twice as many absentees as they had in 2019.”

Voter turn-out in Black Hawk County will be at least double what it was for city and school board elections two years ago. Pate says voter participation has been trending up in most elections over the past six years.

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Iowa reports record turnout for 2021 election

More Iowans made their voices heard this time around, nearly 67,000 more.

In 2019, roughly 358,000 Iowans voted in local elections. On Tuesday, 425,000 cast their ballot, and we’re still waiting on numbers from two counties.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate says the early indicators were there, and he was hoping for record turnout. He says we’re seeing a wave of people tuning in to issues and that’s driving the peak in interest.

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