Congratulations to the 2020 ALL IN New Jersey Campus Voting Challenge Award Winners. Your hard work improved voter engagement of our youth, which is a key to the health of our democracy.
The ALL IN NJ Campus Voting Challenge (which is a separate program from the NJ Ballot Bowl) is a nonpartisan competition among higher education institutions in New Jersey with a commitment to increasing student voter participation and engagement on campuses across the state.
There will be three award categories for both 4-year institutions and 2-year institutions, awarded based on student voter participation in the November 2020 election using data from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) house at the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at Tufts University. The New Jersey Department of State will announce awards for highest campus voter turnout, most improved campus voter turnout, and highest student voter registration rate.
The New Jersey Department of State is helping to facilitate this voting challenge in collaboration with the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, a national nonpartisan nonprofit that supports more than 800 campuses to institutionalize nonpartisan democratic engagement. Participation in the ALL IN NJ Campus Voting Challenge will automatically include participation in the national ALL IN Challenge and awards competition. The New Jersey Ballot Bowl will take place every year and the ALL IN NJ Campus Voting Challenge award ceremony will occur every odd year in conjunction with the Ballot Bowl celebration for that year.
Institutions that opt into the ALL IN NJ Campus Voting Challenge will be provided guidance and tools to create an action plan for increasing student engagement on their campus. There is no sign-up cost to participate.
Learn more about how the ALL IN NJ Campus Voting Challenge works, other state voting challenges and if you have any further questions you can email Stephanie King, director of strategic initiatives with the ALL IN Challenge (Stephanie@civicnation.org).