DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) -- Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is encouraging all Iowa high schools to register students to vote.
Each school that registers at least 90 percent of their eligible students by April 16 will receive the 2021 Carrie Chapman Catt Award, named after the Iowan who was a national leader in the women’s suffrage movement.
The award was launched during the 2019-20 school year and 18 schools qualified. Schools that register at least 50 percent and 70 percent of eligible students will also receive statewide recognition.
"A record number of Iowans are registered to vote and schools across the state stepped up in a big way last year to get students registered," Secretary Pate said. "I hope these positive trends will continue. It’s vital that we engage students in the electoral process."
Iowa law allows 17-year-olds to register to vote. They can also participate in primary elections if they turn 18 before the general election. Partnering with Inspire2Vote, Secretary Pate will help schools across the state organize and conduct voter registration drives.
Secretary Pate will conduct a formal trophy presentation at each school that registers at least 90 percent of eligible students. Schools interested in being considered for the award and receiving information and resources on how to conduct a voter registration drive can click here.