2001 News

SmackDown Your Vote! announces new members, WWE Superstar Kurt Angle named Honorary Chairman
Jan 19, 2001
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- January 19, 2001 World Wrestling WWE Entertainment, Inc. (NYS: WWE) and the other members of the Smackdown Your Vote! voter registration initiative today introduced two new members of its team and the initiative’s first Honorary Chairman, WWE Superstar and former Olympic gold medallist, Kurt Angle.

The new members are the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) and Youth e-Vote. NFWL is an open and nonpartisan organization serving federal and state women legislators and supporting effective government. Youth e-Vote is a national coalition of educators, youth groups and technology specialists devoted to making future voters of today's students. Youth e-Vote is the first national registration and online voting project in American history, providing on-line straw polls for students in the 2000 election.

"Today’s announcement should signal that we are committed to getting young people more involved in the political process so that their voices can be heard," said Linda McMahon, CEO of WWE Entertainment, Inc. (WWE). "Adding two new well-respected partners is an indication of how many people and organizations believe in this initiative."

For his part, WWE Superstar Kurt Angle is excited to be named the Honorary Chairman for Smackdown Your Vote! "Smackdown Your Vote! is playing an important role in the effort to get more young people registered to vote and to express their opinions through voting," said Angle. "If the WWE’s immense popularity can help motivate more young people to vote, help them to understand they have a voice in the direction of America, then my time and the time of many others in this initiative will be well spent."

Founded in August 2000, Smackdown Your Vote! is a partnership of nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations working to encourage young people to get involved in the political process and vote. The members of Smackdown Your Vote! include the Youth Vote Coalition, Project Vote Smart, the National Association of Secretaries of State, MTV’s Choose or Lose, WWE Entertainment, Inc. and today’s newly announced members, the National Foundation of Women Legislators and Youth e-Vote.

Smackdown Your Vote! helped to register 150,000 new voters in a little more than two months last fall. It provided voting and election information to millions of young people and WWE fans through information on television and online. Registrations were conducted at WWE events, at WWE New York, the WWE’s site-based entertainment complex in New York City’s Times Square, and through the Web sites of the Smackdown Your Vote! partners, MTV’s Choose or Lose and Rock The Vote.