Secretary of State on a mission to improve voter turnout
CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -
Exactly two weeks before city election day happens in Iowa, Secretary of State Matt Schultz was in Cedar Falls rallying eligible voters.
Schultz visited Cedar Falls Alternative High School and a Cedar Falls Rotary Club meeting Oct. 22 with the goal of promoting two programs that encourage potential voters.
The Rock Iowa Program gives young people a hands-on demonstration of the entire voting process. Schultz met with high school students in Cedar Falls and took them through a mock presidential election. A pair of students were nominated for office, presented a platform to their peers, and a vote was made. Only half of the students were allowed to vote, however, representing the 50% of 18 to 25-year-olds who actually vote. The final results are usually close, which Schultz uses to illustrate the importance of each and every vote.
At the Cedar Falls Woman's Club, Schultz spoke before the Rotary Club, promoting his Honor a Veteran with Your Vote Program. Schultz says that voting is a way to recognize those who fought for citizens' right to vote. Eligible voters in Iowa can post a public message to a veteran on the Secretary of State Website. Participants are then sent a commemorative pin that can be worn to their local poll site Nov. 5.
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