Paul Pate

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Paul Pate
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Iowa Secretary of State
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Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
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Paul Pate was a Republican candidate for Iowa Secretary of State in the 2014 elections, and the current officer-elect. Paul Pate won the general election on November 4, 2014.

Pate previously served one term as secretary of state from 1995-1999.[1]

Pate first considered seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of Iowa.[2] He failed to file for this office prior to the filing deadline and instead entered the race for Iowa Secretary of State.[3]



See also: Iowa secretary of state election, 2014

Pate ran for Iowa Secretary of State in 2014. He was unopposed for the Republican nomination in the June 3 primary, and defeated Brad Anderson (D), Jake Porter (L) and Spencer Highland (New Independent Party) in the general election on November 4, 2014. Prior to filing for election to his former office of secretary of state, Pate was considered a potential candidate for the U.S. House seat representing Iowa's 1st District.[2] [4]


Secretary of State of Iowa, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Pate 48.5% 529,275
     Democratic Brad Anderson 46.6% 509,202
     Libertarian Jake Porter 3% 32,889
     New Independent Party Spencer Highland 1.8% 19,945
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 769
Total Votes 1,092,080
Election Results via Iowa Secretary of State.


October 3 debate

Paul Pate and Brad Anderson discussed their views on voter ID and administration of absentee ballots during a debate for the public affairs program Iowa Press. Pate argued on behalf of a voter ID requirement, citing high bipartisan support in polls and the need to protect the integrity of elections. Anderson argued that a new voter ID law was unnecessary as state law already allows election inspectors to ask for identification if they suspect fraud.[5]

Pate and Anderson also revealed differences over the use of third-party groups to deliver absentee ballots to poll locations. This practice, used to increase voter turnout by both parties, was criticized by Pate because of the potential for ballot manipulation by political operatives. He also pointed to the ease of returning an absentee ballot by mail. Anderson countered that third-party groups ensure timely delivery of absentee ballots as elections near and protect the rights of voters with disabilities.[5]

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