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Vote on November 8

November 4, 2016
Paul Pate - Iowa Secretary of State , Traer Star-Clipper

Our most fundamental rights as Americans come from the ability to choose our representative form of government. It is up to us, we the people, to defend and maintain these rights. The easiest way to do that is to vote.

Thousands of our fellow Iowans fought and died to protect those freedoms. As the state's Commissioner of Elections, I urge every Iowan to honor our veterans casting a vote on or before Election Day.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction," Ronald Reagan once said. Those words still ring true today.

There has been a lot of talk in the past few months about cybersecurity and the integrity of our elections system. My pledge to every Iowan is that you will be able to cast your vote on Election Day and your vote will count.

I take the integrity of our elections very seriously. In fact, it is my number one priority. My office is working with all 99 county auditors to do everything we can to protect the integrity of elections.

Let me clear up a few misconceptions: Our voting systems are not accessible through the internet. They are also not connected to each other. Therefore, a system-wide intrusion into the system is all but impossible. Also, Iowans vote on paper ballots, not machines.

As for the voter registration database, we have full-time staff dedicated to preventing the Iowa voting records from being compromised. We have multiple levels of programs and protocols in place to automatically detect any attempted intrusions.

We also rely on the 10,000 serving on the frontline of our elections. Our neighbors are our pollworkers and pollwatchers. The system is bipartisan to ensure the integrity. You have my assurance that the Iowa Secretary of State's Office is dedicated to keeping Iowa's elections clean and fair.

I also want every eligible Iowan to register to vote and to participate in our elections. Please, make your voice heard. There is much more than the presidential race on the ballot. Offices in the U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Iowa Legislature and in your county are being contested. These elections impact you, your family and your community. Be a voter.

If you need any help finding your polling place or any more information related to casting your ballot, visit sos.iowa.gov and click on the 'General Election Information' icon.

 
 

 

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