Did you know that in 2016, only 55% of Duke’s eligible students voted? If you believe we can do better, we need your help! This year, Duke is participating in the NC Campus Challenge, a competition to see which school can get the most students registered and voting in 2020.

As part of the Challenge, the Hart Leadership Program is running the Why Vote video challenge again for the 2020 general election. We are looking for the best pitches from students attending any college across the Challenge that would motivate peers to vote. A training PowerPoint with guidance about how to prepare a submission can be found here.


Videos should be no more than 30 seconds in length and can be professional quality or amateur creations – we don’t care. What matters most is that you are creative and craft a compelling case that would convince an apathetic or skeptical student to vote. Submissions can be from groups or individuals and will be evaluated by a panel that includes students, marketing whizzes and campaign experts. A committee of students and documentarians will choose winning entries for each campus. Winners will receive prizes and have their video featured prominently on social media. Join the competition by submitting a video at the link below. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 8th. The winners will be announced on October 15th. Here are the winning videos of the Spring Why Vote challenge for reference.

Your video should:

  • Be inspiring and engaging
  • Be 30 seconds or less
  • Be relevant ahead of the November 2020 elections. Issues that matter can and should be represented.
  • Be nonpartisan, meaning you cannot mention candidates or parties
  • Not use copyrighted material without express permission
  • Be uploaded by October 8th

The submission portal is now open!

We welcome submissions from any campus in North Carolina. Contact HLP Associate in Research Ana Ramirez ( with any questions. Cosponsored by the Center for Political Leadership, Innovation, and Service (POLIS).