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Essay and Slogan Contest Rules

1. The Essay Contest is open to all Kentucky high school students in grades 9-12.

2. The Slogan Contest is open to all Kentucky middle school students in grades 6-8.

3. Entries are limited to one per student. Previous contest entries will not be accepted.

4. Essay entries may not exceed 1,000 words. All entries must be typed and double-spaced.

5. Student and school names may not appear anywhere in the body of the essay or slogan.

6. All entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. (EST) Monday, December 20, 2021.

7. Entries become the property of the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office and will not be returned.

8. All guidelines must be met for any entry to be considered by contest judges.

Note: Family members of employees of the Office of the Secretary of State or the State Board of Elections are not eligible to enter the Essay Contest.

Slogan Prompt (grades 6-8):

Secretary Adams has launched the Frederick Douglass Award program to encourage voter registration efforts in Kentucky schools. Suggest a slogan to promote voter registration among young people.

Essay Prompt (grades 9-12)

“What changes should Kentucky make to improve civic education and literacy?” Please limit your essay to 1,000 words.