#IVoted Video Competition
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Why is voting important?

The right to vote is a long fought and hard won privilege for the American people. Voting is an essential part of a democratic society. Despite this fact, every election, many Americans give up their decision-making rights. On average only 60-percent of eligible Americans vote during a presidential election and 40-percent vote during a mid-term election. Young people are less likely to vote. In fact, in the 2016 presidential election only 19-percent of voter-eligible people aged 18-29 cast a ballot. One of the most commonly cited reasons for voter apathy is that voters believe their vote does not make a difference. Often there are ties in elections, and there have been instances where one vote can be the determining factor. 

How can you help motivate eligible voters?

The Santa Clara County Office of Education is sponsoring a video competition to help motivate young people in our region and beyond. The winning videos will become part of an educator's tool kit for High School Voter Education Weeks and shared online to help inspire future voters and motivate eligible voters.

Who can enter

The #IVoted Video Competition is open to junior and high school aged students through Region 5 (Santa Clara, San Benito, Monterey, and Santa Cruz counties). Students can enter as groups or individually in two grade-level categories: 6-8 and 9-12. Students/teams will create a video based on the prompt Why is voting important?


Submission Types

Students may enter individually or as a group.

Videos may be submitted by school organizations such as clubs, etc.

Faculty advisors are permitted.

There is no limit to the number of entries from an individual, group, organization.

Contest Period

The deadline to submit applications and video content is 5 p.m. on Friday, September 6, 2019, and winning entries will be chosen in each of the two grade-level categories. Entries received after the 5 p.m. deadline may not be viewed, and admission will be subject to the discretion of the Santa Clara County Civic Engagement Initiative.


Entry submission requires that each participant agrees to the rules and regulations outlined in the #IVoted Video Competition.

How to enter

1. Create a video 30-90 seconds in length that answers the question "Why is voting important?"

Entry should be uploaded to YouTube by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 6, 2019. All videos must comply with YouTube terms of service.

2. All entries must accompany an application completed by a parent or faculty advisor.

3. Every participant must complete a talent release and upload the forms to the application.

4. All materials must be submitted electronically.

5. All materials and content must be original and not infringe on the copyright of another's personal or property rights.

Talent Release Form

Please complete one form for each project participant. Forms are hyperlinked here in English or Spanish.

Contest Sponsor

Santa Clara County Civic Engagement Initiative

Santa Clara County Office of Education

1290 Ridder Park Dr.

San Jose, CA 95131-2304

Contest Administrators

Santa Clara County Office of Education

Media & Communications - Summer Reeves

History-Social Science Civic Engagement Program - Olivia Santillan

1290 Ridder Park Dr.

San Jose, CA 95131-2304

Winner Selection

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges selected by the contest administrators.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Message (50%)

Content should inspire people to vote. Need help? Don't miss our High School Voters Education Weeks Toolkit!

  • Creativity (20%)

Content​ should show production value and effort.

  • Originality (20%)

What makes this content stand out?

  • Reach and Impressions (10%)

Share your video across social media using the hashtag #IVoted to promote your video. 


Prizes are still to be determined. We are working with our partner organizations to obtain donations.

  • The first-place winning individuals or teams will win either studio time in the SCCOE TV studio, or a visit from our mobile media van to your school site.

  • Other prizes may include movie passes and other in-kind donations, check back for details.

  • Top entries will be invited to the Santa Clara County Board of Education during October to receive commendation and a Civic Engagement Award.


Winners will be notified via email by September 13, 2019.

Participant Checklist:

Create and post video and share it using the hashtag #IVoted.

Complete talent release hyperlinked here in English or Spanish.

Complete application here.


Contact: Summer Reeves


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