|Al and Smack Down your Vote Rally and Reception
October 2,2000-With more than 105,000 people registering to vote and 32,000 signatures on the "Smackdown Challenge" petition, the World Wrestling Federation and its partners have a lot to celebrate. But until the presidential candidates reach out to young voters and Federation fans, the work is not yet done.
With that in mind, the organizations that are participating in the "Smackdown Your Vote!" campaign will be conducting a rally this afternoon at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. At the rally -- to be attended by Mick Foley, Matt and Jeff Hardy, Lita and Al Snow -- the Federation and its partners will be celebrating their accomplishments and reiterating their message.
The participating "Smackdown Your Vote!" organizations have called for a youth presidential debate on Oct. 17, and to have to candidates appear on SmackDown!, the Federation's weekly network television show, which airs Thursdays at 8 p.m./7 p.m. CT on UPN.
The rally is an opportunity to demonstrate to the candidates that the Federation, its partners and its fans are serious about having them reach out to young voters. It's completely open to the public -- in fact, the more people that attend the better! So if you live in the Washington, D.C. area, attend school there, or are in town to see that night's RAW IS WAR at the MCI Center, show up at Capitol Hill by noon this Monday!
|WASHINGTON -- Sept. 29, 2000-- Youth Vote 2000 and WWFE are challenging the political establishment to do a better job in reaching out to young voters in the 2000 election by calling on the presidential candidates to hold a youth debate in St. Louis on October 17. The WWF issued the SMACKDOWN CHALLENGE on August 30, an invitation to candidates George Bush and Al Gore to appear with Gov. Jesse Ventura on WWF SMACKDOWN! to speak directly to young voters and WWF fans.
The Rock will take on Capitol Hill, joining WWF Superstars Mick Foley, Al Snow, Lita and The Hardy Boyz at the SMACKDOWN YOUR VOTE! rally at noon on the east lawn of the Capitol on Monday, October 2.
The rally will take place on the East Front Lawn of the Capitol (House side), near the corner of First Street, SE and Independence Avenue, SE. Voter registration will be held at the rally location from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The media and public are invited to attend.
SMACKDOWN YOUR VOTE! is a non-partisan voter registration drive sponsored by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), Project Vote Smart, Youth Vote 2000, MTV's Choose or Loose and World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc.
Smackdown Your Vote! to Conduct School Voter Registration Outreach in Tucson, Arizona Local High School Assembly with Participation from the Secretary of State Betsey Bayless and WWFE Superstars WHAT: A Smackdown Your Vote! rally will be held this Tuesday, April 9, at a local Tucson, Arizona high school. The assembly is part of the Smackdown Your Vote!'s high school outreach program, which will encourage voter registration in 12,000 high schools across the United States, between now and the end of "High School Voter Registration Month" in May 2002. Secretary of State Betsey Bayless, Smackdown Your Vote! Honorary Chairman and World Wrestling Federation Superstar Kurt Angle along with World Wrestling Federation Superstars Al Snow and Maven will attend the rally.
The spring initiative is part of the Smackdown Your Vote! partnership's goal to successfully undertake one of the largest voter registration initiatives ever held in a non-presidential election year. So far, including Arizona, eleven states have agreed to work with Smackdown Your Vote! to encourage every high school in their state to participate in the program.
The other participating states are:
California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, Alabama, Hawaii, Vermont and Washington.
WHERE: Canyon del Oro High School, 25 W. Calle Concordia, Tucson, AZ
WHEN: Tucson, April 9, 2002, 9:30 a.m.
Gary Davis, World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, 203-353-5066 Kate Cox, World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, 203-352-8630 Warren Whitney, Deputy Secretary of State, 602-542-0681, Pager: 602-215-7726
Smackdown Your Vote!, founded in July 2000, is a partnership of nonpartisan organizations created to encourage young people to register and then vote. The members of Smackdown Your Vote! are the National Foundation for Women Legislators, National Association of Secretaries of State, Project Vote Smart, Youth Vote Coalition, Close Up Foundation/ First Vote, Youth-e-Vote, California Vote America and World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. Smackdown Your Vote! has registered more than 200,000 voters since its inception, holding events in more than 28 states and the District of Columbia.
|May events kicked off in Honolulu, Hawaii where State Representative Colleen Meyer held a press conference joined by Kurt Angle and declared May 15 as Smackdown Your Vote! day.
Also at the press conference, Representative Meyer announced that Governor Benjamin Cayetano would be the honorary chairman of Smackdown Your Vote! Hawaii.
Smackdown Your Vote! had a presence in high schools across the island on May 15 and the initiative was featured on the morning program of the local Fox affiliate, KHON-TV.
Back on the East Coast, Connecticut's Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz joined Kurt Angle and Al Snow encouraging Warren Harding High School students to participate in the democratic process by voting.