Smackdown Your Vote! Arrives in Cincinnati as WWE and its Partners Promote National High School Voter Registration Month
As part of the nationwide effort to promote National High School Voter Registration Month in May, Lobb joined WWE Superstar and Olympic gold medallist Kurt Angle, Honorary Chairman of Smackdown Your Vote!, in a rally at the school. They were joined by another WWE Superstar, Albert, in delivering a simple message: young people should let their voices be heard by exercising their rights by registering and smacking down their votes in November.
Demonstrating the power of the campaign, almost 200 Colerain students registered to vote in less than 30 minutes. This compares with an estimated 250 Colerain students who registered over a period of several weeks at the school during last fall's presidential campaign.
Smackdown Your Vote! is an initiative of the National Association of Secretaries of State, the National Foundation for Women Legislators, the Youth Vote Coalition, Youth-e-Vote, Project Vote Smart and WWE Entertainment, Inc.
"Even though 18-year-olds have been eligible to vote for more than two decades, too few young people are involved," Lobb said. "It is important to prepare our next generation of voters with the knowledge they will soon need to participate in the democratic process. This event accomplishes that in an entertaining and educational way."
Smackdown Your Vote! was created during the 2000 presidential campaign and registered more than 150,000 young people around the country in a little more than two months.
"We learned again last fall that every vote counts," said Angle. "Every day, government makes decisions about our lives. The one time we truly have a say is when we vote in national, state and local elections. However, to exercise your right to vote, first you've got to register to vote."
Lobb's office and the County Board of Elections staffed voter registration tables at today's student rally. Voter registration tables also will be set up by volunteers from the Youth Vote Coalition at tonight's WWE Raw is War event at the Firstar Center in Cincinnati.
Smackdown Your Vote! kicked off the rallies and voter registration activities for May last week in Hartford, Connecticut. Similar events are planned next week in California and in early June in Minnesota. People can also register on-line through wwevote.com.
As part of the effort in May, television and radio public service announcements featuring Angle will also be distributed to various media outlets across the United States.
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Carlo LoParo, Ohio Secretary of the State's office, 614 752 8110
Kay Albowicz, National Association for Secretaries of State, 202 624-3525
Kate Cox, WWE Entertainment, Inc., 203 352-8630
Nora Yannuzzi, APCO Associates, Washington, DC, 202 778-1066
SMACKDOWN YOUR VOTE! PARTNERS
Founded in August 2000, Smackdown Your Vote! is a partnership of organizations taking a non-partisan approach to getting young people involved in the political process and registered to vote. The members of Smackdown Your Vote! are:
The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), founded in 1904, is the nation's oldest non-partisan government association, representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Virgin Islands.
The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) provides strategic resources to elected women for leadership development and effective government through conferences, seminars, policy committees, issue-education materials, professional and personal relationships, and networking at both the state and federal levels. As a non-profit, the NFWL does not take ideological positions on any current issue, but rather exists to assist women leaders in the process of legislative debate, networking, re-elections, public opinion molding and leadership.
Project Vote Smart was founded by former Presidents Ford and Carter and other national leaders as a non-profit, non-partisan research library. Access to the Project's data is available through the Vote Smart web site (www.vote-smart.org) and the toll-free Voter's Research Hotline (888-VOTE SMART), staffed by student interns and volunteers.
Youth-e-Vote is a national campaign to increase the involvement and awareness of young Americans in the political process. Youth-e-Vote is a national coalition of educators, youth groups and technology specialists devoted to making future voters of today's students by promoting civics education in American classrooms. The coalition also provides a risk-free test of online voting, helps to close the Digital Divide, and inspires parents to vote. It is the first national registration and online voting project in American history.
Youth Vote Coalition is the largest, most diverse, non-partisan coalition in history to engage young people, ages 18-30, in politics. The Youth Vote Coalition consists of more than 75 national organizations representing hundreds of groups and millions of young people. The Youth Vote Coalition calls for youth debates at the presidential, state and local levels. It devotes an unprecedented amount of resources to building state and local Youth Vote Coalitions. The Youth Vote Coalition was formerly known as Youth Vote 2000.
WWE Entertainment, Inc. is an integrated media and entertainment company headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, with sales offices in New York City, Chicago and Toronto. The company can be found on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol WWE and online at WWE.com and WWECORPBIZ.com.