In 2016, as is usually the case, voters 18 to 29 years old had the lowest voter turnout of all age groups. Youth Polk County Dems and Karin Derry, candidate for Iowa House District 39, want to change that in Polk County this November. Together they are launching a youth voter registration drive.
Be the G.O.A.T.* and Vote will take place this Thursday, August 2, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at 6125 NW 94th St, Johnston, IA 50131. This event is free and open to the public. The organizers of this event have pulled together an impressive list of speakers.
Claire Carstens – Founding member of Youth Polk County Dems
Ako Abdul-Samad – Iowa House Representative, District 35
Karin Derry – Candidate for Iowa House of Representatives, District 39
Iowa Youth Caucus – Representatives from a non-partisan student group that encourages students to build good voting habits
Jamie Fitgerald – Polk County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections
Fred Guttenburg (via Skype) – Founder of Orange Ribbons for Jaime, an organization pursuing common sense gun safety reforms
Deidre DeJear – Candidate for Iowa Secretary of State
Hira Mustafa – University of Iowa Student Government President
Julian Neely – Iowa State University Student Government President
Rita Hart – sState senator, District 49, and candidate for lieutenant governor
The event will also feature live music by Blues DuJour until 9 p.m. Free food and beverages will be served. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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