Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate spoke to AP Government students Tuesday at Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School.
The kids were counting results of a straw poll the school held on the candidates for Iowa governor -- incumbent Kim Reynolds and her challenger Fred Hubbell, and for Iowa's First Congressional District, which is between incumbent Rod Blum and Abby Finkenauer. Pate told them he feels confident about the integrity of the Iowa vote going into next week's election.
"We have one of the highest voter participation rates in the state. When you look at our state, we're the top six for voting,” he said. “It's not done by happenstance. It's a lot of hard work of constantly being in front of people. Also, the integrity side, I've worked very hard to give Iowans what they've asked for to make sure their voting system is solid."
Republican Kim Reynolds won the straw poll for governor, and Democrat Abby Finkenauer won in the First District Congressional race.
Secretary Pate was a guest of WMT Radio's "Mid Morning Show with Justin Roberts" earlier Wednesday.