County clerk hosts high school student video contest about voting rights

Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is inviting all Monmouth County high school students to enter the county clerk’s annual elections and voting video contest.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment. In commemoration of these milestones, this year’s contest asks students to reflect on what having the right to vote means to them, while encouraging their peers to vote, according to a press release from Hanlon.

“We are very excited to announce this year’s high school student video contest, which
we hope will engage young people in the voting process,” Hanlon said. “As we approach Election Day, it is the perfect time to remind young people that the right to vote is a right to be cherished and exercised.”

The contest is open to high school students who reside in Monmouth County and/or
attend a high school in Monmouth County. Students are allowed to work alone or to
form groups of no more than three members, according to the press release.

Entrants are permitted to be creative with the use of digital and/or traditional special effects. Videos with political or offensive content will not be considered, according to the press release.

The top three videos will be awarded gift card prizes by Hanlon and will be advertised via the county clerk’s social media platforms and “Your Vote Matters” program. Videos will remain the property of the county clerk’s office.

Entries will be accepted from Sept. 21 until noon Oct. 30. Entries will be accepted via email to ClerkContest@co.monmouth.nj.us with the subject line “2020 High School Video Contest.”

Entrants must upload their video to YouTube and then email the direct link to the video to the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office, according to the press release.

Entries can also be mailed to the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office, Attn: Voting
Video Contest, Monmouth County Clerk, 33 Mechanic St., Freehold, NJ 07728
with the video file enclosed on a flash drive.

For full contest rules and eligibility, visit the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office
website at MonmouthCountyClerk.com, email ClerkContest@co.monmouth.nj.us or
call 732-431-7324, ext. 8735.

The Monmouth County Clerk’s Division of Elections has responsibility over sample
ballots, vote by mail applications, candidate petitions, tabulation of totals and the
certification of results, according to the press release.