(the "Official Rules")




  1. DESCRIPTION:  The NY01 Democracy Heroes GOTV Social Media Contest (the "Contest") is a skill-based contest sponsored by The People Votes (“Sponsor”) in collaboration with The Andrew Goodman Foundation.  The Contest begins on [October 3, 2018, at 12:00 AM] Eastern Standard Time (EST) and ends on [November 6, 2018, at 11:59 PM EST] (the "Entry Period").  The Contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law, is subject to applicable federal, state, provincial, and local statutes, rules, regulations, and other laws (each a “Law”), and is governed by these Official Rules.

    Entry in the Contest does not constitute entry into any other promotion, sweepstakes, or contest.  The distribution of the prize(s) will be at the sole determination of the Sponsor to the individual(s) deemed the winner(s) of the Contest by the Sponsor in accordance with these Official Rules.

  2. ACCEPTANCE OF THE OFFICIAL RULES; SITE POLICIES; LAWS:  By entering the Contest, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final and binding on all matters pertaining to the Contest.  Participation in the Contest also is governed by the terms and policies pertaining to (the “Contest Site”), which may be viewed on the Contest Site, and collection, use, and disclosure of information obtained online from entrants in the Contest is governed by Sponsor's privacy policy (such privacy policy and the Contest Site terms and policies are referred to in these Official Rules as the “Policies”).  In the event there is an inconsistency between any of the Policies or any Contest promotional materials  and the terms and conditions of these Official Rules, these Official Rules shall prevail and govern.  By entering the Contest, each entrant also agrees to comply with any and all applicable Laws in connection with his or her participation in the Contest.

  3. ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to natural persons who are legal residents of the United States (excluding residents of the States of Arizona and Florida and Puerto Rico, but including residents of the District of Columbia) and who are, at the time of entry, age 13 years or older.  Youth under the age of majority in their jurisdiction must have permission from their parent or legal guardian to participate in the Contest.  Sponsor, its affiliated organizations, advertising and promotion agencies, the prize providers, any other company or organization involved with the design, sponsorship, or operation of the Contest, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (collectively, the "Sponsor Parties"), and immediate family and household members of such individuals, are NOT eligible to enter the Contest.  "Immediate family members" shall mean a person’s spouse and a person’s and their spouse’s parents, step-parents, legal guardians, children, step-children, siblings, and step-siblings, and each of their respective spouses.  "Household members" shall mean those people who share the same residence, whether or not related.

  4. HOW TO ENTER:  To enter the Contest, an entrant must submit a submission (a “Submission”) that communicates the importance of young people registering to vote and voting in elections this November, with a target audience of young voters aged 18 to 22 in New York’s First Congressional District (“NY-01”) and a particular focus on college campuses.  All social media formats and all platforms are accepted, including gifs, memes, slideshows, stories, and short videos (approximately 5 to 30 seconds).

    Additional Submission guidelines:

    • In 2014, just 14 percent of 18- to 22-year-olds voted.  Almost half of 18-to 22-year-olds in NY-01 “may not” or “will not” vote in this November’s election.  But young people care about issues, have fears about the future, and have ideas about how to solve problems big and small.  To this end, Submissions should inspire 18- to 22-year-olds in NY-01 to want to vote and to take steps to register and get to the polls.  Get out the vote campaigns are most successful when they show people that voting is participation in an empowered youth movement.

    • If young voters do not make decisions on issues critical to them, then others who may not have their interests at heart will.  However, voting can be a youth movement, and a movement with the power to decide which issues our nation acts on, and how we act upon them.

    • Text NY01 to 555-888 to sign up for The Andrew Goodman Foundation’s GOTV text buddy, Viola Voter.

    • Each Submission must be nonpartisan and may not include communications about who to vote for or how to vote.  Submissions may not take a stand on any issue that falls along partisan lines.

    To submit a Submission, entrants must post their content to social media using the tag:  @thepeoplevotes, @andrewgoodmanF #DemocracyHeroes2018.

    All entries must be received by the end of the Entry Period.  Entries will not be acknowledged or returned.  Proof of transmission of an entry does not constitute proof that it was received.  Incomplete, unreadable, late, or unintelligible entries are void and will be disqualified.  Multiple entries are permitted, but only one entry per entrant can win a prize in the Contest.

    In the event of a dispute as to the identity or eligibility of an entrant, the entry will be deemed to be made by the "Authorized Account Holder" of the email address submitted at the time of entry or the social media account under which the entry was sent, provided he/she is eligible according to these Official Rules.  The "Authorized Account Holder" is defined as the natural person to whom the applicable service provider or other organization (such as a business or educational institution) has assigned the email address or social media account.  An entrant may not use multiple email or social media accounts to enter, and if an entrant does so, all of such entrant’s entries may be disqualified.

  5. ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS; REPRESENTATIONS BY ENTRANTS:  Each entry (including the Submission submitted with each entry and all other data, information, images, content, and other materials included in the entry) must comply with the following:

    • Each entry must be entirely the original work of the entrant, other than music for which for which the entrant holds all intellectual property and other rights necessary to enable them to use the music in the entry, to enter the entry in the contest, and to grant the rights in the entry as provided in these Official Rules. 

    • No entry may contain any individual’s photograph, likeness, name, voice, or other element of persona and identity unless the entrant has obtained all releases and consents from such individual necessary to enter the entry in the Contest, and to grant the rights in the entry as provided in these Official Rules.

    • Each entry must not infringe, misappropriate, or violate any intellectual property rights, privacy rights, publicity rights, or other proprietary rights of any third party.

    • All information provided in the entry must be true, accurate, and correct in all respects.

    • No entry may be created or submitted through any script, macro, or other automatic method.

    • Each entry must comply with these Official Rules and all applicable Laws.

    • Entries must be suitable for publication to a general audience and must not contain anything (a) that is illegal, abusive, tortious, defamatory, pornographic, sexually explicit, obscene, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or otherwise objectionable; (b) that promotes discrimination based on race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or age; (c) that promotes violence or unsafe or illegal activity; (d) that is threatening, harassing, or degrading; (e) that serves to impersonate any person or entity or misrepresent affiliation with any person or entity; or (f) that disparages or injures the reputation or goodwill of the Sponsor, The Andrew Goodman Foundation, their affiliated entities, or any of their respective donors, officers, directors, or employees.

    • Entries must be respectful of the rights, sensitivities, and culture of the persons depicted.

    Entries that do not comply with these requirements (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) are void and will be disqualified.  Entrants may be required to submit proof of compliance with these requirements, and failure to provide such proof on request may, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, disqualify an entrant’s entries.

    By entering the Contest, each entrant represents and warrants to Sponsor that: 

    • His or her entry (or entries, if applicable) meets all of the requirements in this Section.  

    • He or she meets all the eligibility requirements for the Contest.

    • He or she has complied with these Official Rules and all applicable Laws in entering and participating in the Contest.

  6. JUDGING AND WINNER DETERMINATION:  There will be up to four (4) winners (each, a “Winner”), provided that if the total number of entrants who submitted eligible entries is less than four (4), then the total number of Winners will be the total number of such entrants.  The Winners will be selected on a rolling basis during the Entry Period.  Submissions from eligible entries will be judged by a pool of NY-01 students and representatives of Sponsor and The Andrew Goodman Foundation.  The judges will select winning Submissions based on the Submission’s ability to motivate young people to register to vote and vote in elections this November.  Each Winner will be awarded only the prize for which that Winner’s Submission was selected, as described below.

  7. ODDS OF WINNING:  The odds of winning a prize depend on the number of eligible entries received during the Entry Period and the quality of each entry as evaluated by the judge(s) on the basis of the judging criteria described in these Official Rules.  Sponsor cannot predict or guarantee any specific number of eligible entries for this Contest.  A PURCHASE OR DONATION WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

  8. PRIZE:  Each Winner will receive a cash award of $500.  In addition, Sponsor will commit an additional $500 to support the promotion of each winning Submission.

  9. GENERAL PRIZE CONDITIONS: All details and other restrictions of the prize(s) not specified in these Official Rules will be determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion.  No prize is exchangeable, redeemable for cash, assignable, or otherwise transferable, except at Sponsor's sole and absolute discretion.  Sponsor reserves the right to substitute for any prize one or more items or services of equal or greater value.  The value of each prize may be taxable to each Winner as income.  If required, an IRS Form 1099 will be issued by the Sponsor in the name of each Winner for the value of the prize(s) received.  Each Winner shall be solely responsible for all federal, state, provincial, and/or local taxes (including income, VAT, customs duties, and withholding taxes), and the reporting consequences thereof, for any other fees or costs associated with the applicable prize(s), and for any other liabilities incurred in connection with any prize.

  10. WINNER NOTIFICATION AND PRIZE CLAIM:  Within five (5) working days after the Winner selection, each Winner will be notified via an email sent to the email address indicated by the Winner in the winning entry, or to the social media account under which the winning entry was sent (a “Prize Notification”).  Sponsor shall have no liability for any Prize Notification that is lost, intercepted, or not received by the potential winner for any reason.  In order to claim a prize, each Winner may be required to verify for Sponsor his or her permanent address and social security or tax payer identification number, for purposes of compliance with tax regulations.  Upon Sponsor’s request, each Winner must also execute and return, where legally permissible, a declaration of eligibility, a liability release, and/or a publicity release.  If a potential winner does not respond within forty-eight (48) hours of the Prize Notification (or a shorter time if required by exigencies), if the prize(s) or Prize Notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to such potential winner, if a potential winner fails to comply with any of the verification or release requirements identified in this Section within ten (10) days of request, or if the potential winner is found to be ineligible, has not complied with these Official Rules, or declines the prize(s) for any reason prior to award such potential winner will be disqualified and forfeit his or her prize, and an alternate Winner may be selected by the Sponsor from the pool of remaining entrants based on the judging criteria described in these Official Rules.  Sponsor may successively attempt to contact up to five (5) potential winners in accordance with such procedure, and if there is still no confirmed winner of a prize after such attempts have been made, Sponsor may announce an alternate means for awarding that prize.

  11. USE OF PERSONAL DATA:  All personal information collected by Sponsor (including without limitation, an entrant’s name, biographical data, and city and state/province of residence) may be used for the administration of the Contest and, except as stated in these Official Rules, in accordance with Sponsor's Privacy Policy and the other Policies.  Please refer to the Policies for important information regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information by Sponsor.  In addition, except to the extent prohibited by Law, by acceptance of a prize each Winner grants to Sponsor and each of their respective designees the right to publicize such Winner's name and address (city and state/province of residence), photo (if provided), and prize information in connection with the Contest, in any media now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world, in perpetuity, without additional compensation or consideration, notification or permission.

  12. LICENSE GRANT:  By submitting an entry, each entrant irrevocably grants Sponsor and its designees the unconditional, irrevocable, and perpetual right and permission, royalty-free, to use the Submission and any other data, information, images, content, or materials included in such entry, in any media now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world for any purpose. Sponsor is not obligated to use any of the above mentioned data, information, images, content, or materials, but may do so and may edit them in Sponsor's sole discretion, without further obligation or compensation. Each entrant waives all intellectual property rights, privacy/publicity rights or other legal or moral rights that might preclude the Sponsor's use of the entry or exercise of any rights granted to Sponsor, and agrees not to sue or assert any claim against the Sponsor Parties with respect to such use.  Sponsor will make reasonable efforts to include appropriate attribution when using Submissions, unless the Sponsor determines in its sole discretion that such attribution in a given context is not reasonably feasible.

  13. RELEASE OF LIABILITY:  By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees that neither the Sponsor Parties, nor any advertising or social media platform, such as Facebook or Twitter, on which the Contest is advertised or through which it is accessed, shall be responsible for and, to the maximum extent permitted by Law, releases and holds harmless the Sponsor Parties and each such advertising or social media platform from and against, any and all claims, injuries, damages, liabilities, costs, expenses, or losses of any kind (including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property) that may occur, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from (i) participation in the Contest; (ii) any breach or other violation by such entrant of these Official Rules, the Policies, or applicable Law; (iii) the acceptance, receipt, possession and/or use or misuse of any prize (or any portion of any prize); (iv) any incorrect, incomplete, garbled, or inaccurate information, or any failure to capture any information, whether caused by entrant, printing errors, human error, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest, (v) any damage to an entrant’s equipment (such as a computer system or mobile device) which is occasioned by accessing the Contest Site or participating in the Contest, (vi) miscommunications, or any failed, jumbled, delayed, or misdirected computer, telephone, cable, or other transmissions (including, without limitation, transmissions by email, social media (such as a private or direct messages, check-ins, tweets, and posts), and instant message); (vii) for any technical malfunctions, failures, delays, difficulties, or other errors of any kind or nature; (viii) any entry, email, prize package, or other material or correspondence that has been tampered with or that is stolen, misdirected, incomplete, lost, late, non-conforming, ineligible, or damaged; (ix) any failure of any postal or delivery service; (x) any use of the entrant’s personal information, Submissions, and entries as permitted under these Official Rules; or (xi) any events beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control.


  15. DISQUALIFICATION:  Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entrant who Sponsor finds, in its sole discretion, to be tampering with the participation process or the operation of the Contest or the Contest Site, to be acting in violation of these Official Rules, to be acting in an unsportsman-like or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest, or to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person, and Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by Law.

  16. TERMINATION/MODIFICATION:  Sponsor shall have the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Contest, at its sole discretion, at any time for any reason, including without limitation as a result of natural disaster, equipment failure, civil disturbance, fraud, financial, or administrative difficulties, technical problems (such as a computer virus/ bug), unauthorized intervention that corrupts the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, or other causes not within the control of the Sponsor.  In addition, if, in the exclusive judgment of Sponsor, the Contest (or any portion thereof) becomes compromised in any way, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion,  to cancel any method of entry, to void any entries submitted fraudulently, and/or to select winners from among all non-suspect eligible entries received prior to the act that compromised the promotion.   Should the Contest ever be terminated prior to the Winner selection, Sponsor will post a notice on the Contest Site and will make alternate arrangements to award the prizes.  Sponsor reserves the right to make changes in these Official Rules.  Any such changes will become effective upon notice via online posting at the Contest Site,, or other means of wide dissemination.

  17. SEVERABILITY:  The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.  In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.

  18. NO WAIVER:  Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

  19. DISPUTES: Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that: (i) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with these Official Rules, this Contest, or any prize shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the state and/or federal courts located in the State of New York; (ii) any and all claims made by entrant, and any and all judgments and awards in favor of entrant, shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorneys' fees; and (iii) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.  All disputes concerning the Contest, the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of each entrant and Sponsor in connection with these Official Rules or the Contest shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the Laws of the State of New York and applicable United States federal Law, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of New York or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the Laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York.

  20. SPONSOR:  The Sponsor of the Contest is The People Votes.  For questions about the Contest, please contact Sponsor at

  21. NO ENDORSEMENT:  Nothing contained in these Official Rules or in any of the Contest materials should be construed as an endorsement by Sponsor of any third party, product, or service.  Prize suppliers are not sponsors of the Contest.

  22. SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS:  The Contest may be advertised on or accessed through one or more social media platforms, such as Facebook or Twitter.  However, the Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, any such platforms.  Entrants agree to comply with all terms and policies governing such platforms in connection with the Contest.

  23. WINNERS LIST/OFFICIAL RULES:  To obtain written notice of the Winner(s) of the Contest, please contact Sponsor at  All such requests must be received no later than six (6) months after the end of the Entry Period.  These Official Rules will be posted on the Contest Site during the Entry Period and for six (6) weeks thereafter.