DES MOINES, IOWA (June 3, 2020) Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announces the state shattered turnout records for a June primary Tuesday night after more than 500,000 voters cast ballots.

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 27, 2020) — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has announced 18 schools have qualified for the Carrie Chapman Catt Award for the 2019-20 school year, including Rivermont Collegiate in Bettendorf. The award is given to schools that register at least 90 percent of their eligible students to vote.

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 19, 2020) — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate partnered with Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Iowa National Guard to deliver masks, gloves, and hand-sanitizer for use at polling places on June 2. The National Guard delivered the materials last week.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 29, 2020) — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announces a new statewide initiative to recruit poll workers for the June 2 primary. Normally, Iowa poll-workers tend to come from age-groups that are more vulnerable to COVID-19. This June, Sec Pate asks younger Iowans to step up and serve.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 22, 2020) — The absentee voting period for mailed ballots in Iowa’s June primary begins this Thursday, April 23. Secretary of State Paul Pate and county auditors across the state are encouraging Iowans to vote from home during the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 15, 2020) — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate and AARP Iowa are calling for older voters to continue practicing social-distancing and to utilize absentee voting by mail for the June 2 primary election. Sec Pate will mail every active registered voter in Iowa an absentee-ballot request-form later this month, and AARP will launch radio ads today encouraging older voters to take advantage of voting by mail.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 13, 2020) — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate unveiled a searchable database Monday that allows Iowans to easily locate people available to do remote notarizations. The new feature allows searchers to find remote-authorized notaries by city, zip code, and other means. The database is available by clicking here.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 1, 2020) – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced on March 31 his office plans to mail an absentee ballot-request form to every active registered voter in the state ahead of the June 2 primary. The forms will be sent in mid-late April and will include prepaid postage for return mailing to county auditors.

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 24, 2020) — The State Objection Panel, which is comprised of Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, and Auditor of State Rob Sand, met Tuesday to consider nine objections filed against primary election candidates. The panel heard arguments from the challengers and the candidates or their representatives.

Below is how panel ruled on each challenge.

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 23, 2020) — Secretary of State Paul Pate is extending the absentee voting period to 40 days for Iowans who choose to vote by mail in the June primary. He is also encouraging Iowans to cast ballots by mail, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This change will allow voters more time to send their ballots and provide county auditors a longer window for processing.

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