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The California Students Vote Project, a project of the California Secretary of State in partner­ship with the California Lieutenant Governor and a coalition of nonprofit organizations, aims to increase civic engagement and voter partici­pation among California University and college students..

It is with great enthusiasm that the Secretary of State invites you to the California University and College Ballot Bowl, a challenge that encourages campuses to engage their students in the democratic process and register them to vote.

The Ballot Bowl will allow the campuses of the California Community College, California State University, and University of California, and Privates (AICCU) systems to participate in a friendly competition for the highest number of students registered and the highest percentage of the student body registered to vote.

Registering for the Ballot Bowl is easy!

  • Register: Register your campus for the Ballot Bowl by completing this form and be a champion for student civic engagement.
  • Promote Registration: Use our online toolkit below to customize your participation for the Ballot Bowl. Choose the strategies and tools that work best for you, including sample messages for email or social media, posters, host an event and more. 
  • Stay Involved: Spread the word in this election and others! Contact our outreach team to explore ways to keep your campus engaged and staff, faculty, and administrators informed.

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 in state or federal prison or on parole 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)
  • 18 years old or older on Election Day.

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 Ballot Bowl via strategies outlined in the Student Tool Kit.

Ballot Bowl Timeline:

Monday, August 20th to Monday, October 22nd

Ballot Bowl Timeline:

Monday, August 20th: Registration for Ballot Bowl Begins.
Monday, October 22nd: Voter Registration Deadline (E-15) / Ballot Bowl Challenge Ends
Wednesday, October 31st: Ballot Bowl Winners Announced
Tuesday, November 6th: Election Day.
*Tentative Date: Wednesday, November 14th: Ballot Bowl Winners Presented with Award(s)


Thank you for your interest in the California University and College Ballot Bowl. For any further information or questions, please contact us at -

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