DES MOINES, IOWA (March 28, 2022) — The State Objection Panel, comprised of Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, Attorney General Tom Miller, and State Auditor Rob Sand, will convene Tuesday, March 29 to review challenges to several candidates’ nomination petitions. The meeting is scheduled for 10AM in Room G15 (the legislative dining room) on the first floor of the Iowa State Capitol.

Challenges to the following candidates have been filed:

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 17, 2022) — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announces the State of Iowa ranked third best in the nation for administration of the 2020 elections, according to new data. The Elections Performance Index, 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.

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 11, 2022) — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announces the annual National Change of Address process to update and maintain Iowa’s voter-registration records is underway. Notices to 123,634 registered voters were sent recently to Iowans who have filed a change of address with the US Postal Service.

Voters that receive these cards in the mail should indicate if the new address is incorrect and quickly return the card to the county auditor’s office.

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 7, 2022) — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is a finalist for a prestigious award from the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) based upon his initiative to improve voter-access for Iowans with disabilities. Sec Pate collaborated with Disability Rights Iowa to produce the Voting Accessibility Quick Check Guide and distribute one to every polling place in the state.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate presenting the Carrie Chapman Catt Award to Woodward-Granger High School

DES MOINES, IOWA (February 28, 2022) — The candidate filing period for state and federal offices in the 2022 primary and general elections began Monday, February 28, and runs through Friday, March 18, 5PM. Candidates must file their nominating petitions and affidavits of candidacy with the Office of Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, either in the Capitol Building or in the Lucas Office Building.

DES MOINES, IOWA (February 25, 2022) — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announces 34 State Senate seats will be up for election in Iowa this year. During most general elections, 25 of the 50 seats are on the ballot. However, due to redistricting, nine more seats will be decided in 2022.

The winners of these nine seats will serve two-year terms. State Senate terms generally last four years.

DES MOINES, IOWA (February 24, 2022) — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announces the formation a new eleven-member, bipartisan Auditors Advisory Group to assist in administration of the 2022 elections. The auditors represent urban and rural counties, offering unique perspectives from various areas of the state.

DES MOINES, IOWA (February 9, 2022) — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is encouraging every high school in Iowa to conduct a voter registration drive on Tuesday, February 22. The date coincides with the birthday of first US President George Washington and will also be “Twosday” on the numerical calendar, 2/22/22.

DES MOINES, IOWA (January 25, 2022) — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is encouraging civic-minded Iowans to assist voters in the 2022 elections by becoming poll workers. Tuesday, January 25 is National Poll Worker Recruitment Day. Iowa deploys around 10,000 poll workers for each statewide election.

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