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Countdown to College Convention 2020 Begins

The First Big Event for NH’s First in the Nation Primary.

New England College (NEC) is ramping up preparations for what is expected to be the first major, multi-candidate event of the 2020 Presidential Primary in New Hampshire. College Convention 2020, scheduled for January 5th – 9th in Manchester NH, will bring together candidates and campaigns, college students from both New Hampshire and across the country, political science faculty members, and members of the general public.

Dr. Wayne Lesperance, Vice President of Academic Affairs and a Professor of Political Science at New England College, said, “The energy for College Convention 2020 is building. We are confident that not only will this be a great event for the students and candidates who attend, it will also demonstrate the seriousness with which New Hampshire takes its responsibility as the First in the Nation Primary state.”

College Convention has taken place every 4 years since 2000 and has historically boasted attendance of over 500 college students. The event is open to students, campaigns, their supporters, and NH voters.

The Convention runs from the evening of January 5th to the afternoon of January 9th. Presidential candidates will address the students on the 6th, 7th and 8th during the main plenary sessions. All major candidates for President who appear on the NH Primary election ballot have been invited and most, if not all, are expected to make an appearance.

Campaigns will also be able to participate in the Convention with exhibitor booths, candidate speeches, engagement with students, and in a Campaign Volunteer Night.

A Ranked Choice Voting election will be held during the several days of the event. College Convention 2020 will be conducting this live candidate preference “vote” using a ranked choice voting system. All registered conference attendees will be able to cast a vote for their top 3 candidates. The results will be announced on January 9th during the capstone plenary session.

Another addition to this year’s convention will be a sponsored Comedy Night: On Monday evening, January 6th, the Convention will host a live comedy night featuring political humor. This ticketed event will also be open to the public.

Other events associated with College Convention 2020 includes a Trivia Night: Wednesday night, January 8th, College Convention 2020 will host a political Trivia night. Attendees will form their own teams including campaign staff. A great opportunity for a campaign team to win some serious bragging rights! A Campaign Volunteer Night will also be held: On Tuesday, January 7th, the Armory of the Double Tree Hotel will be transformed into a campaign war room where college student attendees will have the opportunity to volunteer their time to various campaigns. Campaigns can offer any volunteer opportunity they choose, such as a mail stuffing line, a call bank center, etc.

Additionally, Political and Policy Workshops will be held: Several political and public policy educational workshops are planned for the Convention. These will include speakers and panels who will address a wide range of issues including climate and environment; gun safety; marijuana policy; privacy and technology; political news media; campaign management, polling and predictions; and other topical issues.

Students will also be able to earn College Course Credit: New England College, the Convention host, has established an online course associated with the event to allow students to earn 1 college course credit, transferable to their college or university.

College Convention 2020 offers politically engaged college students a Once in a Lifetime Experience during the final weeks of NH’s First in the Nation Primary! For more information on the Convention, how to register, or opportunities to participate, visit the website at