Secretary of State hosting ‘Voter Reg Rumble’ competition to encourage youth registration

This general election season, Maine’s Secretary of State is hosting a voter registration competition encouraging students to get involved in the electoral process.

The 2016 Voter Reg Rumble will consist of two competitions, one for colleges and universities, and one for high schools. Throughout the state, schools will face off to see which school can get the most people to complete a voter registration card by the deadline of Monday, Oct. 17.

Any student group can participate by hosting a voter registration event/booth/or other effort to collect completed voter registration cards on their school campus.

The Department of the Secretary of State is sending a Voter Reg Rumble information packet, including voter registration cards for Maine residents, to each school. Promotional materials for students to print and display, as well as links to additional resources, are available on the Maine Department of the Secretary of State website, www.maine.gov/sos/kids/student-programs/voterregdrive.html.

The winning schools at each level will receive a visit from the Secretary of State, who will meet with students to discuss the importance of voting, the challenges of overseeing the elections process, and to listen to their ideas and concerns about voting. The secretary’s office will also announce the results of the contest publicly.

More information about the Voter Reg Rumble is available on the Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions website. School participation will be updated on the department Facebook page.