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Rivermont Wins Voter Registration Award

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Paul Pate, Iowa Secretary of State's office
Scott County Auditor Kerri Tompkins (L) and Iowa Secretary of State Pate (R) present the trophy to Aiden, a senior at Rivermont.

A private school in Bettendorf has won an award for getting 100% of eligible students registered to vote.

Last week, Iowa Secretary of State presented Rivermont Collegiate with the Carrie Chapman Catt trophy. This is the third year in a row the school has received the award.

Pate says he also spent time talking with students and answering questions about why it's important to vote and how government impacts their lives.

He also had a tip for Iowa voters who request mail-in ballots. He says they should take advantage of the state's online system, where voters can keep track of whether county auditors have received absentee ballot requests, and whether their marked ballots have been received.

The Carrie Chapman Catt Award is given to any school that registers at least 90% of eligible students to vote. Chapman Catt was an Iowan who was instrumental in getting the 19th Amendment passed, giving women the right to vote.

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