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This year’s theme is: The Right to Vote: Milestone Anniversaries. In the wake of the 15th and 19th Amendments, barriers remained to prevent United States citizens from voting. Do formal or informal barriers remain today? What additional changes would you make, if any, to Americans’ voting rights?

High school students are invited to enter the contest by writing an essay or creating a video presentation. The deadline for entries is March 25, 2020. Contest rules and instructions are at the Ninth Circuit Civics Contest website.

Winning entries of our local contest will each receive a $600 prize. Finalists in our district-level contest will advance to the Circuit-wide contest for a chance at additional prizes and travel to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference in Portland, Oregon in July 2020.

To be eligible to enter the Northern District of California’s local contest, high school students must reside in Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, or Sonoma counties.

For more information, please visit the Ninth Circuit Civics Contest website.