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For immediate release.
Sep. 9, 2010
Contact: Bryan Warner, N.C. Center for Voter Education, 877-258-6837

Call for Entries: 'Voice Your Choice' Student Video Contest

RALEIGH – North Carolina high school and college students can tell the world why voting matters to them, and have a chance at winning prizes, with the “Voice Your Choice 2010” video contest, presented by Kids Voting North Carolina and the N.C. Center for Voter Education.

The contest features two divisions -- one for high school students and another for those in college.  Videos must be 30 seconds in length and they must not promote or criticize any candidate or party.

Videos should convey the importance of voting and participation in democracy. Submissions are due on Oct. 8 (DEADLINE EXTENDED).

Full contest details are available at VoiceYourChoiceNC.com or by calling toll-free 877-25-VOTER (877-258-6837).

Prizes in the high school division include a video camera for the participating school and gift cards for the winning students. The top prize for the winning college entry is $500.

Selected entries will be distributed to media outlets across the state for possible play in the final weeks of this year’s election.

“This video contest is a great way to involve young voters and future voters in the democratic process and remind us all of the power of casting a ballot,” said Damon Circosta, executive director of the N.C. Center for Voter Education.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this contest to high schools and are looking forward to seeing their creative efforts,” said Daintry O’Brien, executive director of Kids Voting North Carolina.

This is the fourth election cycle in which the N.C. Center for Voter Education has presented the student video contest.  In 2008, over 100 high school and college students from around North Carolina created videos for the competition.

Kids Voting North Carolina is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes voter participation by educating America's youth about the importance of being an informed citizen and the responsibilities of voting to sustain democracy.

The N.C. Center for Voter Education is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, dedicated to helping citizens more fully participate in democracy.

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Online: http://www.ncvotered.com/voice