DES MOINES, IOWA (September 4, 2020) Iowans will begin receiving absentee ballot-request forms from the Secretary of State’s Office this weekend. Sec Paul Pate is sending the forms statewide to active registered voters ahead of the November general election to encourage social distancing at polling places during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DES MOINES, IOWA (August 28, 2020) Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate and Disability Rights Iowa (DRI) are teaming up to provide a Voting Accessibility Quick Check booklet for every polling place in the state.

DES MOINES, IOWA (August 21, 2020)  Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is partnering with dental offices across the state to raise awareness of Safe at Home, an address-confidentiality program for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and stalking. Safe at Home booklets, brochures, and magnets were mailed to dentists in all 99 counties.

DES MOINES, IOWA (August 4, 2020)  Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is encouraging Iowans who have moved since the last time they voted to update their voter registration as soon possible. The process only takes a few minutes and can be done online with an Iowa driver’s license or non-operator’s ID.

DES MOINES, IOWA (July 16, 2020) Secretary of State Paul Pate announces Iowans registered the second-highest amount of new business entities in state history during the 2020 fiscal year. 24,481 new businesses registered with the Secretary of State’s Office between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. The mark is just shy of the record high of 24,720, set in Fiscal Year 2019.

DES MOINES, IOWA (July 13, 2020) Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate joins the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council in promoting National Disability Voter Registration Week, which runs July 13-17. The initiative is a nationwide nonpartisan effort to register, educate, and prepare voters with disabilities for the 2020 elections. Approximately 300,000 Iowans have a disability.

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.

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