Travis County launches student PSA contest to encourage voter registration, voting

September 13, 2017 - 11:47 am

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Travis County is holding a contest for area middle and high school students to help get out the vote.

The YouthCam Student PSA contest is designed to promote voter registration and turnout at the polls, especially among young voters. Students will compete for more than $6,000 in cash and prizes in the contest.

"This is an exciting opportunity for our middle school and high school students to show off their creativity by making animated or film productions that energize people to register and vote," said Bruce Elfant, the Travis County voter registrar and tax assessor-collector.

The contest is open to Travis County middle and high school students from public, charter and private schools as well as home schooled students. Qualified contestants either live in Travis County, or attend middle or high school in Travis County.

Each PSA must include the “Register. Be Counted. Vote!” logo, which is available for download along with complete contest rules at The entry deadline is 5 p.m. on November 6.

Individuals or teams may enter the 60-, 30- and 15-second judged categories in English and/or Spanish. Submissions will be judged as well as entered into an online popular vote. Cash prizes for the judged categories are provided by the League of Women Voters Austin Area, with additional support from Alamo Drafthouse and other local businesses.

Contest partners include the Travis County Tax Office’s Voter Registration Division and the Deputy Clerk Office’s Elections Division; League of Women Voters Austin Area; Alamo Drafthouse Cinema; Precision Camera & Video; Univision Austin; Discount Electronics; Whole Earth Provision Co.; Austin Classical Guitar; Austin Chronicle; Violet Crown Theater; Capital Metro; and University Co-Op.

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