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State of New Jersey

Department of State

2018 New Jersey Ballot Bowl

2018 New Jersey Ballot Bowl

The Honorable Tahesha Way is New Jersey’s 34th Secretary of State and the state’s Chief Election Official.  Among her many responsibilities is overseeing statewide civic engagement, particularly on issues impacting our youth.

Secretary Way is well-versed in the overlapping struggles in our nation’s history to enfranchise women and minorities, the disabled, and our youth.  She is deeply committed to helping all Americans affect their own destiny and our common destiny by participating fully in our democracy.

On Monday, September 17th, Secretary Way will formally kick off the 2018 New Jersey Ballot Bowl.  The event will take place at the Hackensack High School Football Field, 4:30-pm - 5:15 pm.

The Ballot Bowl is a non-partisan, statewide collegiate voter registration competition.  Students at campuses across the state will compete against one another to register the most students to vote.

The Secretary’s office has worked with many campuses to coordinate this effort, providing literature and other materials such as voter registration cards and stickers for student use.

Campuses will compete in three ‘conferences,’ namely:

  • Conference 1: Schools with a student population of over 40,000
  • Conference 2: Schools with a student population of between 5,000 and 40,000
  • Conference 3: Schools with a student population of under 5,000

The competition deadline is Friday, October 5, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.  (In New Jersey, eligible voters must register by October 16 in order to vote in the November 6 General Election.)

Before Election Day, the Secretary will announce and celebrate the winners of the competition at an event.


Note: Paper registration forms must arrive at the county election office or the Office of Secretary of State by 5 p.m. on October 16 to be eligible to vote in the November 6 General Election.


Winners Announced

The competition touches down before Election Day (November 6). My office will announce the winners at a special event. Stay tuned. . .


Promotional Flyer

Campuses will be distributing flyers supporting the Ballot Bowl. Feel free to use them in your efforts: