New Jersey schools face off in competition to register voters

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By KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Colleges and universities throughout New Jersey went head to head in a unique competition where they worked to register the most voters. One area school came away as one of the big winners.

During the weeks-long competition, students and groups from more than a dozen schools were able to register nearly 4,000 people to vote.

"You gather up those numbers, and whoever has the most voter registrations in their conference, because there were different conferences based on the population of your university, would win accordingly," said Alexa Nieves, with NJPIRG at Rutgers-Camden.

She said in their first year competing, they were able to come away with third place in conference 1, getting more than 600 people registered to vote.

"We're already really proud of the work we do, but having that recognition within the competition, and just giving us a little more of a drive during these pretty hard times, I think it was really rewarding," she shared.

Nieves said the competition was constrained by social distancing, but that gave groups opportunities to get creative in their approach, by hosting online voter registration drives.