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Video shows Iowa election security measures

5-minute clip shows behind-the-scenes measures, Pate says

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate speaks in June at the state’s Security Operations Center in Des Moines. Pate’s office has created a five-minute video offering a look at what Iowa election officials do to protect the integrity of Iowa elections.  (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate speaks in June at the state’s Security Operations Center in Des Moines. Pate’s office has created a five-minute video offering a look at what Iowa election officials do to protect the integrity of Iowa elections. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

A new animated video from the Iowa Secretary of State Office details the steps Iowa election officials take to protect the integrity of the vote.

It explains the election process in an understandable way, beginning with voter registration, Secretary of State Paul Pate said.

It also examines the roles physical security, poll workers, paper ballots and voting equipment play in administering clean and fair elections in Iowa, he said.

“There are a lot of details involved in the election process that most Iowans never see,” Pate said about the behind-the-scenes glimpse into election security. “It’s important that voters know we are dedicated to ensuring their votes are counted and their voices are heard.

“This is a terrific behind-the-scenes glimpse of the measures we have in place to protect the integrity of our elections,” he said.

The five-minute video details a broad spectrum of steps Secretary Pate, county auditors, and precinct election officials take to secure elections. This includes developing contingency plans, securing and testing voting equipment, and ballot handling measures.

The video was created in partnership with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and paid for by the 2018 Help America Vote Act Election Security Fund.

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