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Award Winner 2016

The Iowa Secretary of State’s Office conducted three mock elections centered around the 2016 election. Elections 101Caucus 101, and the Iowa Youth Straw Poll comprise the three elements of our youth voter education program. Elections 101 and Caucus 101 are completely free, online, customizable curriculum options that adhere to the Iowa Core for Social Studies. Our curriculum is used in hundreds of schools across Iowa. Both the Caucus 101 and Elections 101 curriculum are designed to cover a variety of topics regarding American politics and the special role Iowa plays in the political process. The complete lesson plan spans over the course of several class periods while leaving one designated day for a mock election.

This mock election typically takes place one week before Election Day at hundreds of schools statewide and is called the Iowa Youth Straw Poll. Partnering with BOTH the Iowa Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Iowa, we have held three such events. The first was named the Iowa Youth Caucus and took place after school with the help of county-level Democratic and Republican parties.

The second was the first-ever Iowa Youth Straw Poll that took place a week before the Iowa Caucuses in over 250 Iowa schools. The most recent Youth Straw Poll took place a week before the November 2016 general election and involved over 250 schools and over 58,000 students.

The statewide event featured live results reporting on our website, and a live stream production called #IAparticipate which featured Iowa students whose schools had participated in the Youth Straw Poll.


Elections 101:


Twitter hashtag #IAparticipate:

Caucus 101:

2016 Caucus Candidate Videos (scroll down):

Results for both Caucus and General Election Straw Polls:

#IAparticipate Facebook Announcement:

#IAparticipate Stream:

Link to some of the Press Coverage:



Iowa full list of schools participating:


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 SchoolGraettinger-Terril
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 SchoolRiver 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

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