2020 Election Prediction Contest

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Date(s) - 10/27/2020 - 11/02/2020
12:00 am - 11:59 pm


The Pitt Program Council, Pitt Votes, and the Department of Political Science bring you the 2020 Election Prediction Contest!

November 3rd, 2020 is election day and we want students to become informed about the election. We put together a contest where you can predict the outcome of the Presidency, U.S. Congress, state and local elections in Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh, and various Statewide Ballot Referendums. We encourage you to do any research on the questions necessary to make an informed prediction! If you make the best predictions, you could win an iPad, a Surface, Bluetooth earbuds, or a 6 month subscription to Disney Plus!

Here is a downloadable document with the questions of the contest for you to work through if you would like to do so before submitting answers:ElectionPredictionContest_Worksheet

Once you are ready with your answers you can head to this link or scan the QR code to submit your answers on the form: https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cYBwtZILqZt5rDf

You must submit your answers to this link by 11:59 PM Monday, November 2nd in order for your entry to be counted.

The rules from the contest are listed below.

Official Rules:

Eligibility: Any undergraduate student currently enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh Oakland campus is eligible to enter. One entry is allowed per student. Multiple entries will cause a student to be disqualified. All entries are due by 11:59 PM on Monday, November 2nd. The contest submission link will close after that time and no additional entries will be submitted.

Prizes: 1st Place Prize = Your choice of: (A) I-Pad Pro 11 inch, 128 Gigabyte storage, with keyboard and Apple pencil or (B) Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i5, 8 GB Ram, 128 GB storage, with keyboard and Microsoft pen. 2nd Place Prize = Sony WF-100XM3 Wireless Noise-Canceling Earbuds. 3rd Place Prize = 6 Month Subscription to Disney Plus. The winners will be determined after all electoral outcomes in the contest have been confirmed. All winners will be notified by email. Prizes will be shipped directly to each winner. Note: Winnings may be subject to appropriate taxes. Winnings may also affect your financial aid.  Please check with your financial aid counselor for details.

Contest Rules: (1) Questions A, B, E, H: In case any individual candidate withdraws or is replaced by another nominee, a new nominee representing either the Democratic or Republican Party will be considered as that party’s nominee. If the winning candidate is not representing either political party, no points will be awarded to anyone for that question. (2) Question B: Winning all Electoral College votes means all members of the Electoral College from that geographic area cast their votes for the indicated party’s candidate. In case all electoral college votes from that state or district are not awarded to the same person, no points will be awarded to anyone for that question. (3) Questions C, D, E, F: These outcomes will be decided as soon as the winner has been finalized in enough contests within each chamber to determine which party (if any) will control a majority of the seats in the next legislative session, based on the outcome of the 2020 Election. If any outcome has not been determined by 11:59 pm on January 10th 2021, the outcome will be decided by the balance of power of the representatives currently in office at that time. In case no single party holds a majority of the seats, the correct answer will be Neither. The PPC will make final judgments about the results from all questions, and all decisions are final.

Here is a downloadable document with all these rules, prize details, and the questions: ElectionPredictionContest_AllQuestionsAndRules

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