‘Let your voices be heard!’ Pate, Helm tell Iowa teen voters

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Students from Dallas Center-Grimes High School were joined by Iowa Secretary of State Paul D. Pate, second from left, when they voted in the November 2016 Youth Straw Poll. Donald Trump was the children’s choice for president.

ADEL, Iowa — Dallas County Auditor Julia Helm joins Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate and county auditors across the state in encouraging Iowa high schools to conduct voter registration drives Tuesday, March 30.

The date coincides with the 50th anniversary of Iowa’s ratifying the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds plans to issue an official proclamation declaring March 30 as Iowa High School Voter Registration Day.

State law allows 17-year-olds to register to vote. There are almost 2,000 17-year-olds currently registered in Iowa.

“It’s crucial for young people to learn that registering to vote and participating in elections is the best way to make sure your voice is heard,” Pate said. “My office is working with schools across the state to help them register eligible students.”

Helm said that registering to vote in Iowa is easy. There are several options available, and it only takes a few minutes. You can register anytime online, through the mail, at various government agency offices and military recruiting centers, at a voter registration drive and in-person at your polling place on Election Day.

About 90% of eligible Iowans are registered to vote, and there are more than 2 million active registered voters in the state. To check your voter registration status, register to vote or update your information visit VoterReady.Iowa.org or www.dallascountyiowa.gov.

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