WWE News: WWE Teams Up To Provide Access To Abstentee Ballots Online


World Wrestling Entertainment and Votenet Solutions Provide Access to Absentee Ballots Online

STAMFORD, Conn., Sep 21, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Absentee ballot software is now available at smackdownyourvote.com to make it easier for 18-to 30-year-old Americans to obtain an absentee ballot if they are going to be traveling on Election Day.

WWE(R) has teamed up with Votenet Solutions Inc. to make the software available as part of its Smackdown Your Vote!(R) effort, a non-partisan campaign committed to getting 2 million more young people to the polls this election. The Smackdown Your Vote! website already features voter registration software offered by Rock The Vote. The website also features a listing of all voter registration and absentee ballot voting deadlines.

“Young Americans live in a very busy world,” said Gary Davis, Executive Director, Smackdown Your Vote!. “Whether traveling on business or for fun, or attending college, it is often difficult to obtain an absentee ballot. By adding Votenet’s software to our website, we hope to make it easier for young people to get the absentee ballots and information they need to vote in the upcoming election.”

Absentee Impact, the first fully automated online absentee ballot request system provides associations, candidates, corporations, unions and political organizations with a way to register absentee voters via their web sites and communicate critical election information.

Absentee Impact allows citizens to instantly complete their state-specific absentee request forms. In three easy steps, the absentee wizard creates a personalized, completed absentee request form that complies with state-specific rules and requirements. As an added convenience, Absentee Impact also matches each citizen to their local election office that handles absentee requests. Once the absentee form is signed, users can print pre-addressed envelopes or view driving directions to their local election office. Absentee ballots can be obtained by visiting Smackdown Your Vote!’s website or going to https://electionimpact.votenet.com/wwe/absentee.cfm.

“With the election season heating up, registering absentee voters is a major priority. Absentee Impact helps citizens save time and run effective absentee registration campaigns,” states Kate Rankin, Marketing Manager, Votenet Solutions Inc. “We’re delighted to be assisting WWE with their Smackdown Your Vote! initiative.”

Smackdown Your Vote!, founded in July 2000, is a non-partisan approach to getting young people involved in the political process and registered to vote. Through Smackdown Your Vote!, WWE has collaborated with many non-profit, non-partisan organizations to engage 18-to-30-year-olds in the political process. including the League of Women Voters, the Youth Vote Coalition, Rock The Vote, Harvard Institute of Politics, MTV Choose or Lose, New Voters Project, 18-to-35, and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. The collaborative program’s goal is to get 20 million 18-to 30-year-olds to the polls in 2004, an increase of two million over the election turnout in 2000. In addition to conducting voter registration at WWE live events, Smackdown Your Vote! will visit high schools and colleges across the country conducting voter registration rallies. For information on the program go to smackdownyourvote.com.

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Matthew Michaels is editor emeritus of Pulse Wrestling, and has been since the site launched.