This general election season, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is hosting a voter registration competition encouraging students to get involved in the electoral process.

The 2016 Voter Reg Rumble will consist of two competitions, one for colleges and universities, and the other for high schools. Throughout the state, schools will face off to see which school can get the most people to complete a voter registration card by the deadline of Monday, Oct. 17.

“Through the Voter Reg Rumble, we are encouraging students to register as voters and embrace their lifelong civic duty of making the choices that will shape their communities,” Dunlap said in a Sept. 1 news release.

Any student group can participate by hosting a voter registration event, booth or other effort to collect completed voter registration cards on their school campus. Voter registration can be encouraged for students who are in-state or out-of-state residents, as well as staff, faculty, visitors – any citizen who is eligible to vote in the United States.

The winning schools at each level will receive a visit from Dunlap, who will meet with students to discuss the importance of voting, the challenges of overseeing the election process, and to listen to their ideas and concerns about voting. The secretary’s office will also announce the results of the contest publicly.

More information about the Voter Reg Rumble is available on the Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions website at School participation will be updated on the department Facebook page.