DES MOINES ? Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is conducting the 2017 Iowa Youth Straw Poll in hundreds of schools across Iowa on Nov. 1.
The goal of the straw poll is to engage students in a hands-on learning experience that will inspire them to participate in their community. Poll questions will include whether cities should allow the use and sale of fireworks, favorite school subject, favorite state university, and favorite superhero.
More than 230 schools and 40,000 students across Iowa have already registered to take part in the straw poll, and every school in the state is welcome to join. Statewide results will be announced by the Secretary of State?s Office on Nov. 1.
?This is an excellent way to let students make their voices heard and see what it is like to be a voter,? Pate said. ?Since city elections take place on Nov. 7, this will be an excellent prelude to that important vote and hopefully the kids can inspire their parents to vote.?
Groups such as 4-H, Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts can partake as well.
The Iowa Youth Straw Poll is a facet of ?Elections 101?, a free online curriculum developed by Pate and written by Iowa teachers for Iowa students.
The Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa Council for the Social Studies support the Iowa Youth Straw Poll.
?Students are best positioned to learn when they participate in real-world activities,? Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise said. ?The Iowa Youth Straw Poll is an excellent opportunity to teach our kids about the principles of democracy while building the skills they need to be engaged citizens.?
During last year?s Iowa Youth Straw Poll, held on November 1, 2016, the results of the students? vote aligned with the official results for the presidential, U.S. Senate and all four congressional races in the state.