The Ballot Bowl, developed by the California Students Vote Project (CSVP), is a friendly competition in which all of California’s major higher education institutions—the California Community College (CCC), California State University (CSU), University of California (UC), and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU)—are invited to compete to register the most students to vote.

On August 20, 2018, the Secretary of State’s office kicked off the inaugural California University and College Ballot Bowl, wherein nearly 11,000 students registered to vote, almost doubling the number of students registered to vote during the entire year of 2014. The 2020 Ballot Bowl built on this success and saw a staggering 82,000 students register to vote, an increase of over 300% in comparison to the prior Presidential Election in 2016!

To continue this momentum, the CSVP is excited to host the 2021 Ballot Bowl: Registration Rumble! For this competition, all of California’s higher education institutions are invited to compete to register the most students to vote, with campuses competing for two categories, broken down by higher education institution:

  • Largest number of students registered to vote
  • Largest percentage of the student body registered to vote

There will be a total of 9 winners (one overall champion that registered the most students to vote, and then the CSU, UC, CCC and AICCU winners in each of the two categories). In the spirit of camaraderie, each campus will be able to win only one prize.

Thank you for your interest in the 2021 Ballot Bowl: Registration Rumble! For any further information or questions, please contact us at - CastStudentsVote@sos.ca.gov.

Let’s get ready to rumble!

  • Ahead of the 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election, the Students Vote Team will drop its requirement for campuses to enroll in the competition. If a campus registers students to vote through means we track, (detailed below) they will be automatically entered as contender in the competition.
  • Results of the competition will be updated three times a week (on Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at the following URL (https://caballotbowl.sos.ca.gov) throughout the competition.

Who can register to vote?

When registering students to vote on your campus, please make it clear that voters must meet specific criteria before they can register. You can only register to vote if you are:

  • A United States citizen and a resident of California,
  • not currently serving a state or federal prison term for the conviction of a felony (for more information on the rights of people who have been incarcerated, please see the Secretary of State's Voting Rights: Persons with a Criminal History), and
  • Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court (for more information, please see Voting Rights: Persons Subject to Conservatorship)
  • Eligible Californians who are 16 or 17 years old are able to pre-register to vote, with their voter registration becoming active when they turn 18 years old (for more information, please see Pre-Register at 16, Vote at 18)

If students are not eligible to register to vote, they can still get involved with elections by registering other students to vote and promoting the competition.

What voter registrations are counted in the competition?

  • Voter registrations at this link (https://registertovote.ca.gov/?t=s)
  • Paper registrations with voter registration cards requested from our office, or county registration cards that are reported to our office using their affidavit ranges.
  • Online registrations that use TurboVote or the CAStudentVote website (https://castudentvote.org) are automatically included in student voter registration totals.

2021 Ballot Bowl Timeline: Registration Rumble Timeline:

Monday, August 2, 2021 to Tuesday, September 14, 2021

2021 Ballot Bowl Timeline: Registration Rumble Timeline:

Monday, August 2, 2021:  2021 Ballot Bowl: Registration Rumble Begins.

Monday August 30, 2021: Voter Registration Deadline (E-15)

Tuesday, September 14, 2021: Election Day/2021 Ballot Bowl: Registration Rumble Ends.

*Tentative Date: Monday September 27, 2021: 2021 Ballot Bowl: Registration Rumble Winners Announced