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Paul-Pate.jpg(Cedar Rapids, IA)  Yesterday Paul Pate, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, released a poll that demonstrates his message is resonating in the race to become Iowa’s next Secretary of State.

On Wednesday, USA Today/Suffolk released a poll that shows Pate with a 1 point lead. Today, less than three weeks before Election Day, a poll conducted by Victory Enterprises of Davenport, Iowa shows Iowans support “a change to Iowa law to require some form of official identification to be shown at the ballot box before people vote” 60.17% – 28.64% with 11.19% undecided.
Additionally, the respondents to the new VE poll said that they prefer “former Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate who supports a new voter identification law to former Obama campaign director Brad Anderson who opposes a new voter identification law 45.17% – 34.8% with still 20.04% undecided.

Paul Pate responded, “This poll is further confirmation that my plan to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat is resonating with Iowans who overwhelmingly support a voter ID requirement as I do.  Iowans expect and deserve a non-partisan chief commissioner of elections, not a career partisan political operative from Chicago who served as President Obama’s Iowa campaign director.  I have previously served as Iowa Secretary of State in a non-partisan manner while encouraging voter participation and protecting the integrity of the election process.”

The interactive voice response (IVR) poll conducted by Victory Enterprises was conducted Oct. 14-15 with 759 likely voters and has a margin of error of 3.56%.

A nationally recognized business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the owner of a paving construction firm and recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 -2006.  While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities.  Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.

Pate is a lifelong Iowa resident who was born in Ottumwa and grew up in Linn County.

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