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Department of State, Jersey Civic Engage

New Jersey Ballot Bowl

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State
2022 New Jersey Ballot Bowl

New Jersey Ballot Bowl

2022 NJ Ballot Bowl Kick-off Program

NJ Ballot Bowl 2022 is a program of the New Jersey Department of State’s Jersey Civic Engage initiative, and a joint effort with the ALL In Campus Democracy Challenge. It is a statewide non-partisan voter registration and engagement competition led by and for students! This year Ballot Bowl 2022 again counted both pledges to vote and voter registrations as part of the competition. The combined total of registrations and pledges, as a percentage of student enrollment, determined the winners in each competitive division.

Every election is significant. The federal midterm elections were front and center this year, but so were local and county level elections. Municipal officials, school board members, local fire district commissioners and county commissioners were on the ballot across the state. These local elections have the most impact on our day-to-day lives. The Ballot Bowl competition is a great opportunity to make that point.

Voter registration is an initial step in the voting process, but not the only step. This friendly competition is also about persuading people to commit to vote. That will mean talking specifically about the value of voting, not about a particular candidate, but how voting affects all of us. We believe that when people feel they have a stake in their community they are more likely to participate in its public life, involve others, and vote.

Ballot Bowl 2022 began on September 1st and ran through Election Day. There was a formal statewide kickoff event in September during Constitution Week and an award Touchdown Ceremony just after the election.


Ballot Bowl Participating Schools

2022 Ballot Bowl Participating Schools

Bergen Community College
Berkeley College
Caldwell University
Camden County College
Centenary University
County College of Morris
Drew University
Felician University
Georgian Court University
Hudson County Community College
Kean University
Mercer County Community College
Middlesex College
Montclair State University
Princeton University
Passaic County Community College
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Raritan Valley Community College
Rider University
Rowan College at Burlington County
Rowan University
Rutgers University-Camden
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Rutgers University-Newark
St. Peters University
Sussex County Community College
The College of New Jersey
Warren Community College
William Paterson University


Ballot Bowl Winners

Congratulations to our New Jersey Ballot Bowl Winners. Thank you to all the winners and to all the schools that participated in this year’s New Jersey Ballot Bowl. Your hard work improved voter and civic engagement of our youth across New Jersey and strengthened our democracy.

2022 Ballot Bowl Winners

Conference 1:
1st Place: Rutgers University-Newark

2nd Place: Kean University
3rd Place: Montclair State University

Conference 2:
1st Place: The College of New Jersey

2nd Place: William Paterson University
3rd Place: Princeton University

Conference 3:
1st Place: Rutgers University-Camden

2nd Place: Ramapo College of New Jersey
3rd Place: Mercer County Community College

Conference 4:
1st Place: Centenary University

2nd Place: Saint Peter’s University
3rd Place: Felician University

2021 Ballot Bowl Winners

  • Conference 1: Montclair State University
  • Conference 2: The College of New Jersey
  • Conference 3: Raritan Valley Community College
  • Conference 4: Berkeley College

ALL IN 2020 New Jersey Campus Voting Challenge Winners




Pledge to Vote

Voter registration is an initial step in the voting process, but not the only step. In this year’s Ballot Bowl competition we are rewarding teams that get the most commitments to vote. This isn’t about a specific candidate, but about the value of participating in our democracy and committing to showing up for your community.

Pledge to vote in this year’s General Election by going to this link provided by the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge and score some points for your school’s Ballot Bowl team:
The NJ Ballot Bowl is a joint project of the NJ Department of State & the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge


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