Secretary of State Chet Culver will be meeting with students at Storm Lake Middle School on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m.
Secretary Culver will invite students to join the Iowa Student Political Awareness Club (ISPAC). ISPAC is a free, nonpartisan organization created by Secretary Culver with the goal of increasing political awareness and participation among young voters.
"As Secretary of State, I have pledged to visit schools in all 99 counties in Iowa to encourage young Iowans to play an active role in politics and government. Currently, we are seeing record lows in voter participation by young people ages 18-24. Voters between the ages of 18 and 24 have the lowest voter participation. In 1996, fewer than 5 million of the 25 million eligible voters between 18 and 24 years old bothered to vote. In 1998, only 15 percent in this age group voted. Voter education programs like ISPAC will increase awareness among young people and motivate them to participate in the democratic process," Culver said.
"By creating a way for students to learn how the system works and become comfortable with the process, it is more likely they will take an active interest in their government and participate once they become eligible to vote," he said.
ISPAC has more than 2,300 members from over 225 schools across Iowa.