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Iowa secretary of state urges schools to register 17-year-olds

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has launched a drive to get schools involved in registering young voters.

The Iowa Legislature passed a law in May 2017 that lowered the voter registration age to 17 as of Jan. 1 of this year.

Under the new law, those who will be 18 in time for the next general election also may participate in primary elections.

Pate on Tuesday, September 10, announced plans to award schools that register at least 90 percent of their eligible students to vote with the Carrie Chapman Catt Award, named after the Iowan who was a national leader in the women’s suffrage movement.

He encouraged schools to organize voter registration events on September 24, which is National Voter Registration Day.

Associated Press

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