We want to showcase student involvement this political season on the campaign trail, in the classroom and beyond.  

Teachers should encourage students to share how they are getting involved in their community.


What should students submit?

Any active political involvement. For example, these could include: a candidate sign in their yard (national or local), participating in the campaign trail, participating in student government or a local rally.


How can students share?

Upload a photo of themselves to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and include the hashtag #IAparticipate. We will select photos to spotlight on the Secretary of State Facebook page weekly. The live feed below shares all tagged photos – find yourself and share!



    WATCH Participate 2016: Live Youth Straw Poll Results 

    On November 1st from 3:30-4:30 PM the Secretary of State’s office will be live streaming straw poll results from the day.

    It will be broadcast live on the Secretary of State Facebook page. Schools signed up will get alerts leading up to and the day of to tune in and participate to the live stream.

    Sign Up School Here

    Show your support! Join and share the event here. 


    How will this work?

    Each school will submit their results by noon on November 1st. The office will then organize and announce the results during the live broadcast. This gives students the opportunity to see how each vote affects the overall outcome and the different results of schools located near and far in Iowa.

    More information will be sent to you as the event nears. Be sure to enter your email here and tune in on Tuesday, November 1st!


    Student Participation 

    The office will choose six (6) students to participate in the Live Straw Poll Results at the Iowa State Capitol building.

    If your school is participating in the straw poll and has a student interested in being selected to assist during the live stream they can apply using the following application rules:

    1. Upload a photo to Facebook or Instagram of themselves
    2. A caption which must include:
    • Why they want to be a part of the live straw poll
    • Include the hashtag #IAparticipate

    All submissions are due by October 29th, 2016 at 4 PM. Selection will be made the following week.


    Youth Straw Poll: Schools Participating

    Below you will find the full list of schools participating. Don’t see yours? Get involved here.


    8th Grade Civics
    Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham Lincoln High School
    AC-GC High School
    Adel DeSoto Minburn High School
    Akron-Westfield Middle School
    Albia Community High School
    Alburnett Community Schools
    Algona High School
    Alta-Aurelia Junior High School
    Andrew Middle School
    Ankeny Centennial High School
    Aplington Parkersburg Middle School
    Ar-We-Va High MS/HS
    Atlantic High School
    Atlantic Middle School
    Ballard High School
    Ballard Middle School
    BCLUW Middle School
    Beckman Catholic H.S.
    Bettendorf High School
    Bondurant Farrar Middle School
    Boyden-Hull Community School
    Bunger Middle School
    CAM Middle School
    Cardinal High School
    Cedar Falls High School
    Centerville High School
    Central Academy
    Central Lee CSD
    Central Lyon High School
    Charles City High School
    Cherokee Middle School
    Clarinda High School/Page County
    Clarksville Community Schools
    Clayton Ridge Middle School
    Clear Lake Middle School
    Colo-Nesco High School
    Columbus Catholic High School
    Coon Rapids-Bayard
    Cowles Montessori
    Creston High School
    Dallas Center-Grimes High School
    Dallas Center-Grimes Middle School
    Decorah Middle School
    Denison Middle School
    Denver Community Schools
    Diagonal Community School
    Dike/New Hartford Community School District
    Don Bosco Catholic High School
    Dowling Catholic High School
    Dubuque Hempstead High School
    Dunkerton Community School
    Durant Community Schools
    Earlham Middle/High School
    East Buchanan MS/HS
    East Mills High School
    East Union Community School
    Emmetsburg CSD
    English Valleys High School
    Essex Community School District
    Excelsior Middle School
    Forest City High School
    Fort Madison High School
    Fort Madison Middle School
    Franklin Middle School
    Fredericksburg Elementary School
    Garner Hayfield Ventura Community Schools
    Gehlen Catholic School
    George-Little Rock Community School District
    Glenwood Community High School
    GMG High School
    Grand View Christian
    Greene County High School
    Grinnell Middle School
    Harlan Community High School
    Harris-Lake Park
    Hartley Melvin Sanborn High School
    Hinton Community School
    Holy Trinity Catholic Junior/Senior High School
    Howard Winn
    Hudson Junior High
    Hudson Middle School
    Humboldt Middle School
    IKM-Manning High School
    Independence Junior/Senior High School
    Iowa Falls – Alden High School
    Iowa Mennonite School
    Janesville High School
    John F Kennedy HS
    John F Lawson Elementary School
    Johnston Senior High School
    Keokuk High School
    Keota Community Schools
    Kirn Middle School
    Lamoni High School
    Le Mars Community High School
    Le Mars Community Middle School
    Lewis Central Middle School
    Linn-Mar High School
    Logan-Magnolia CSD
    Lone Tree Middle School
    Louisa-Muscatine Community School District
    Madrid Senior High School
    Maharishi School
    Marion High School
    Marquette Catholic School
    McCombs Middle
    Meskwaki High School
    Missouri Valley High School
    Monticello High School
    Monticello Middle School
    Mount Vernon Middle School
    Muscatine High School
    Netherlands Reformed Christian School
    Nevada High School
    New Hampton Middle School
    New Hartford Elementary
    Newman Catholic High School
    North Butler Community School
    North Cedar Comm Schools
    North Fayette Valley
    North Mahaska
    North Polk High School
    North Tama County Community School District
    North Union Middle School
    Northeast Middle/High School
    Northwood-Kensett Jr./Sr. High
    Norwalk CSD
    Notre dame High School
    OABCIG Comm. School
    Oelwein High School
    Oelwein Middle School
    Orange City Christian School
    Ottumwa High School
    Panorama Middle School
    PCM Middle School
    Pekin Community High School
    Pella Community High School
    Pella Middle School
    Pleasant Valley High School
    Prairie Point Middle School
    Prince of Peace Catholic School
    Red Oak High School
    Regina High School
    Riceville Community High School
    River woods ele.
    Riverside Jr./Sr. High
    Robert Blue Middle School
    Roland-Story Middle School
    RRMR School
    Sacred Heart School
    Saint Albert Catholic School
    Sergeant Bluff Luton school district
    Seton Catholic
    Sgt. Bluff-Luton HS
    Sheldon Christian School
    Shenandoah Middle School
    Sibley-Ocheyedan Community SchoolDistrict
    Sidney Schools
    Sioux Center Middle School
    Sioux Central
    Siouxland Christian School
    South Tama County High School
    Southeast Polk Junior High
    Southeast Valley High School
    Spalding Park Elementary
    Spencer Community School
    Spencer High School
    Spencer Middle School
    Springville High School
    St. Ansgar
    St. Ansgar Middle School
    St. Anthony School
    St. Joseph Elementary
    St. Joseph School
    St. Mary’s Grade School
    St.Joseph School
    Stanton Public School
    Starmont High School
    Storm Lake High School
    Sudlow Intermediate
    Summit School
    Sumner Fredericksburg
    Thomas Jefferson High School
    Thomas Jefferson Middle School
    Tipton High School
    Tipton Middle School
    Tri-Center High School
    Trinity Christian High School
    Tripoli Community Schools
    Turkey Valley High School
    Twin Cedars High School
    Underwood High School
    Union Middle School
    Unity Christian High School
    Urbandale High School
    Valley Lutheran School
    Van Buren Community High School
    Van Meter CSD
    WACO High School
    Wapsie Valley CSD
    Washington High School
    Washington Middle School
    Waterloo Christian School
    Waterloo East High
    Waukee Timberline
    Waverly Shell Rock HS
    West Central Valley Middle School
    West Delaware High School
    West Harrison Community School District
    West Marshall High School
    West Marshall Middle School
    Westwood Community School
    Williamsburg HS
    Willowwind School
    Winterset MS/JH
    Woodside Middle School
    Woodward-Granger High School/Middle School
    Xavier High School