New Jersey Ballot Bowl
Civic engagement is key to our civic health. A core mission of the New Jersey Department of State is to promote civic engagement through voting. We want to ensure that everyone who is qualified to vote is encouraged and unencumbered in casting their ballot. That way we can live up to the promise of our founding – that all of us are created equal and deserve every chance to live out our dreams.
While every election is significant, the 2020 general election includes voting for the highest office in the federal government-the Office of the President. It also includes congressional races and state/local elections. This coupled with our efforts to increase participation and access to the ballot during a national pandemic most assuredly makes this an opportune time to intensify voter registration efforts.
To encourage and promote civic engagement, particularly among our youth, the Department of State and Secretary of State Tahesha Way are pleased to announce the launch of the New Jersey Ballot Bowl 2020 - A Statewide Non-Partisan Voter Registration Competition Led By and For Students.
Rutgers University-Newark will once again be participating in this competition and hopefully winning again, but we need help from everyone. This is how you can help:
Register to Vote:
StudentVote.org is a one-stop online resource for students facing questions about voting in the midst of COVID-19. Students are able to fill out a registration form online and get all the relevant information they need beyond simply registering to vote--knowing what’s on the ballot, what form of ID they may need, how they can vote absentee, and answers to other frequently asked questions.
Pledge to Vote: If you are already registered, Pledge to Vote here!
Attend Voter Education Programs and Events:
Panel Discussion: Constitutional Powers of the Presidency | Laws and Shattered Norms
Join American Constitution Society (ACS), a law school student organization in a panel discussion to discuss the Trump presidency and the Abrogation of Norms.
Friday, September 25, 2020
“Why the Youth Vote Matters” Letter to the Editor Event
Friday, September 25, 2020
Meeting Link: Link to Join
Debate Watch Parties
September 29, 2020 | First Presidential Debate
October 7, 2020 | Vice Presidential Debate
October 15, 2020 | Second Presidential Debate
October 22, 2020 | Third Presidential Debate
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Voter Registration Trainings
September 21, 2020 | 11:30am-12:50pm
September 23, 2020 | 2:30pm-3:50pm
September 28, 2020 | 11:30am-12:50pm
September 30, 2020 | 2:30pm-3:50pm
National Voter Education Week (NVEW)
This week-long digital campaign to spread awareness and provide resources, tools and information needed to get voters prepared for the 2020 Election!
October 5 - October 9, 2020
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