Checking Your Voter Registration Status Could Help You Win $50K

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Are you ready to vote in next month’s presidential election? What about your friends?

Nonpartisan nonprofit organization Vote Plz says the 2012 election was decided by Millennials, “And this election should be too. It’s up to you to vote and decide!”

Making sure you and your friends are registered to vote could help you win cash, scholarships or $50,000 toward your student loans.

And really, you have no excuse not to check your voter registration status. It’s the responsible thing to do.

Voting = Winning? In This Case, Maybe!

Entering is easy. Visit VotePlz to check your voter registration status, which generates a custom referral link. Share that link with your friends so they can check their own status.

If just one of your friends uses your link to find out if they’re registered to vote, you’ll get entered into the sweepstakes.

The site will help you register to vote if you want, but you’re not required to do so.

Vote Plz suggests sharing your referral link on social media, asking classmates or teammates to check their status, or sharing your link with family members.

Every time someone uses your referral link, you’ll get an entry into the sweepstakes, up to 25 entries. VotePlz shares a leaderboard of referrers to the site, so even if you’ve hit your sweepstakes entry cap, you can still relish your work for the greater cause.

You must be 18 to enter. You know, voting age.

VotePlz will notify the winners around November 15, 2016.

Johnny, Tell Them About the Prizes!

Twenty grand-prize winners will each receive their choice of the following prizes:

  • Up to $50,000 student loan forgiveness for debt from an accredited college or trade school. The prize money will be paid directly to your loan provider.
  • Up to $50,000 scholarship to an accredited college or trade school. The scholarship will be paid directly to your school and you can only use it toward tuition, books and equipment. Room and board isn’t covered by the prize. You can use the prize for more than one academic year, but if there’s money left from your $50,000 pot when you graduate, you will not receive any remaining reward.
  • $25,000 cash money.

But wait! There’s also a second-prize drawing in which 2,000 winners will each receive a $20 prepaid gift card.

As usual, you’re responsible for any taxes on your prizes.

Maybe the coolest thing about this whole sweepstakes is that it’s a project of a performing arts school. Circus Center in San Francisco offers trapeze, acrobatic and other training programs for all ages.

Election season can be tense. Lighten the mood a smidge by encouraging those around you to make sure they can vote if they choose to.

As for guilt-tripping them if they don’t vote? That’s up to you.

Your Turn: Will you enter the VotePlz contest? Who will you recruit?

Lisa Rowan is a writer and producer for The Penny Hoarder. She lives in Washington, D.C., where election season is particularly stressful.