ONLY CURRENT SECRETARY OF STATE IN THE NATION TO EARN THIS DESIGNATION
DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate was designated as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA), the highest professional achievement in the nation for an election official. The certification ceremonies were conducted by The Election Center and took place in New Orleans on Tuesday. Pate is the only current Secretary of State in the United States to complete the certification process. Read More
DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) — Secretary of State Paul Pate announced Iowans created 23,649 new business filings during the 2018 Fiscal Year running from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
That number is a new record. This is the third year in a row Iowans have set a new record for business filings. There were 21,665 businesses created in the 2017 Fiscal Year and 20,300 in the 2016 Fiscal Year.
“This is terrific news for Iowa and the state of our economy,” Secretary Pate said.
DES MOINES, Iowa (KWQC) — Secretary of State Paul Pate announced today that Iowa became the 25th state to join the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC). Participation in ERIC will help Iowa election officials improve the accuracy of the voter rolls, register more eligible citizens, reduce costs, and improve efficiencies in the voting process.
There are approximately 300,000 Iowans who will receive a mailing from the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office, encouraging them to register to vote. The $60,000 estimated cost will be paid through a grant from the Pew Research Center.
Participation with ERIC will allow Iowa to collaborate with other states to identify voters who moved inside and outside the state, recently deceased voters, and duplicate registrations.
DES MOINES – More than 250,000 Iowans have registered to vote since the beginning of 2015, according to the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office.
Secretary Paul Pate’s office says the all-time high for active registered voters was broken in January 2017 at 2,045,864.
“It has never been easier to register to vote in Iowa,” Secretary Pate said. “The simplest way to register is online. Since my office instituted online voter registration in 2016, almost 90,000 Iowans have registered to vote or updated their voter registration through that system. I encourage every eligible Iowan to register to vote and to be a voter.”
CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is in line to become president of the National Association of Secretaries of State next year after he was unanimously named president-elect at the group’s summer conference in Philadelphia.
Pate said he was honored by the appointment because he shares the group’s goal “to conduct clean and fair elections, and to offer service at the speed of business, not the speed of government.”
Additionally, Pate’s office received the Election Center’s 2018 Professional Practice State Award for its training materials for poll workers. The award was presented during the National Association of State Election Directors’ summer conference in Philadelphia.
DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced his plans to run for reelection during speeches at Republican county conventions on Saturday. Pate is currently serving his second term as Secretary of State. The office oversees elections and functions as a service center for Iowa businesses. Pate announced his reelection bid at the Polk County Republican Convention in West Des Moines, and followed that with visits to the Johnson County and Scott County GOP conventions.
“I returned to the Secretary of State’s Office in 2015 with a plan to make it easy to vote, but hard to cheat in Iowa. We have accomplished that goal, but our work is not done,” Secretary Pate said.
Pate has followed through on his campaign promises from 2014, which included:
- Instituting Voter ID in Iowa
- Making it easier to vote, with innovations such as online voter registration
- Creating an address confidentiality program for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault
- Expanding opportunities for overseas military members to cast their ballots
“One of the first things we worked on was creating Safe at Home, an address confidentiality program for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and stalking,” Secretary Pate said. “Now, hundreds of Iowans are safer and able to lead a more normal life thanks to this program. Many have been able to vote for the first time in several years.”
More than 70,000 Iowans utilized Iowa’s new online voter registration system when it launched in 2016. The online method, instituted by Secretary Pate and the Iowa Department of Transportation, makes registering to vote easier and more accessible than at any point in Iowa history.
“It’s important that those defending our freedoms overseas are easily able to cast their ballots back home, and we were able to extend the time to request special submarine absentee ballots to 120 days,” Secretary Pate said. “They have our back over there, so we need to make sure we’ve got their back when it comes to voting.”
Pate is also moving forward with improvements to the Secretary of State’s Business Services Division by instituting a Fast Track Filing system for new businesses. That is expected to launch in May.
“We want to offer service at the speed of business, not the speed of government. We’re getting closer, but we’re not done yet,” Secretary Pate said.
Iowa has achieved its highest active voter registration total in state history during Secretary Pate’s current tenure. The state is among the top six in the nation for both voter registration and voter participation. However, Secretary Pate pledges to not rest on those laurels, and will continue to work to help every Iowan be a voter.
“Iowa is the greatest state in the country and I’ve been proud to call it my home since I was born,” Pate said. “My parents instilled in me the importance of public service when I was very young, and I’ve lived my life trying to meet and surpass their high standards of hard work, integrity, and giving back to the community.”
Paul Pate is a nationally recognized small business leader and a dedicated public servant. He is a former State Senator, Mayor of Cedar Rapids, President of the Iowa League of Cities and a Lieutenant and former Squadron Commander in the Iowa Civil Air Patrol. Pate currently serves as the Treasurer for the National Association of Secretaries of State. Paul Pate and his wife Jane have three children and five grandchildren. They reside in Linn County.
DES MOINES — Secretary of State Paul Pate is launching a 99-county “Voter Ready” education effort to prepare Iowans for the soft rollout of the state’s voter identification law that goes into effect this year.
Already, 93 percent of Iowans eligible to vote are registered and 93 percent of them have driver’s licenses, which poll workers will begin asking voters to provide when they cast ballots. A U.S. passport, veterans and military ID, or a voter ID card issued by the Secretary of State Office also can be used as proof of identification.
The Secretary of State Office recently mailed 123,000 voter ID cards to eligible voters who were not included in a state Department of Transportation database of Iowans with driver’s licenses. The office received about 18,000 “return to sender” responses indicating those people have died or moved.
DES MOINES, Iowa — Secretary of State Paul Pate says the time for arguing the politics of a voter ID law are over and its time for Iowans to make sure they’re ready for the changes.
In 2017 the Iowa Legislature passed Pate’s voter ID legislation, requiring all Iowans to have a state-issued ID before they’re given a ballot on election day. For most Iowans that means showing a driver’s license. Those who don’t have licenses will be issued a voter ID card for free. Pate says 123,000 of those cards have already been mailed to Iowans who are registered to vote but aren’t in the Iowa DOT database.
While the law is now in effect Pate says Iowans will be given one year to adjust to the new law. “This is a soft roll out. So we want everyone to bring their ID to the polling place and to show it. However if you do not have your ID you’ll still be allowed to cast a regular ballot,” says Pate, “after signing an oath swearing to your identity.