DES MOINES, IOWA (September 15, 2020)  Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate encourages Iowans to register to vote or update their registration in conjunction with National Voter Registration Month, which runs through September 30. Additionally, Tuesday, September 22 is National Voter Registration Day.

“As we get closer to Election Day, it’s important for all Iowans who want to take part in the process to make their they are registered to vote and their information is up-to-date,” Sec Pate said. “It only takes a few minutes. I encourage all Iowans to be a voter.”

The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) established September as National Voter Registration Month beginning in 2002 as a non-partisan means of encouraging voter participation and increasing awareness about state requirements and deadlines for voting. Sec Pate serves as the Past-President and Cybersecurity Committee Co-Chair of NASS.

To register to vote in Iowa, you must be at least 17 years old. The deadline to pre-register before the 2020 general election is Saturday, October 24. Approximately 90 percent of eligible Iowans are registered and there are more than two million active registered voters in the state.

Sec Pate’s Voter Ready website has valuable information, resources, and accessible tools for those interested in learning more about the process at

Additionally, is a helpful nonpartisan tool created by NASS in conjunction with state election officials to help eligible voters learn how and where to go vote.

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