Secretary Pate urges Iowans to check their voter registration
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is encouraging Iowans to ensure they are registered to vote at their current residence. September is National Voter Registration Month, and with the Nov. 8 general election approaching this is an ideal time for eligible Iowans to register for the first time or update their registration to ensure their information is current. Tuesday, Sept. 20, is National Voter Registration Day.
“The best way to make your voice heard is by registering to vote and participating in elections. It gives you power,” Secretary Pate said. “I urge all eligible, but unregistered Iowans to take just three minutes this month and register to vote. If you’re already registered, make sure the information we have on file is up to date.”
It has never been easier to register to vote in Iowa. There are a variety of options available, including online, through the mail, at many government agency offices, and at the polls, before your cast your ballot. Ensuring you are registered at your current residence allows for a much quicker check-in process on election day.
This year marks the 20th year since the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) established September as National Voter Registration Month. Established in 2002, it is a non-partisan means of encouraging voter participation and increasing awareness about state requirements and deadlines for voting.
To register to vote in Iowa, you must be at least 17 years old. The deadline to pre-register before November’s general election is Monday, Oct. 24. Approximately 90 percent of eligible Iowans are registered to vote, and Iowa is consistently one of the top 10 states in the nation for voter registration and participation.
To check your voter registration status, register to vote or update your information, visit VoterReady.Iowa.gov.