Press Release: SmackDown Your Vote Driving Up Voter Registration

The following press release was sent out today by the Seminole County Supervisor Of Elections:

Seminole County Supervisor of Elections teams up with WWE®’s SmackDown Your Vote!, Wal-Mart for voter registration drive Aug. 28

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL – August 18, 2005: The Seminole County Supervisor of Elections office will team up with World Wrestling Entertainment®’s SmackDown Your Vote! program to conduct a nonpartisan voter registration
August 28 from 2-4 at the Super Wal-Mart in Sanford. Joining Ertel and his staff will be WWE Tag Team Champion The Hurricane®.

--Sunday, August 28, 2-4 p.m.
--Super Wal-Mart, 1601 Rinehart Rd., Sanford 32771
--Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Michael Ertel and WWE Tag Team Champion The Hurricane

Supervisor of Elections Michael Ertel says, “Working in tandem with SmackDown Your Vote! to register voters from WWE’s loyal fanbase is a huge coup for us, and will attract residents who aren’t reached by typical registration drives. It is one of the goals of our office to look beyond classical voter registration activities and produce events that give our office the opportunity to meet and register as many new voters as possible – this certainly qualifies as outside-the-box voter registration.”

“I’m very excited to have Mike Ertel and the Seminole County elections office join the SmackDown Your Vote! campaign in its effort to register young voters,” said WWE superstar The Hurricane. “We encourage other
elected officials to join with Mike in actively reaching out not only to the WWE’s young demographic, but to all 18-to 30 year-olds to get them engaged in their democracy.”

The partnership with WWE is part of a larger effort by Ertel to increase opportunities for voter registration in the county. Last month, his office kicked off its Voter Welcome Wagon, in cooperation with the Apartment
Association of Greater Orlando, where 86 or the county’s 112 apartment complexes will include new voter registration applications with all new leasing packages. July also was the kickoff of the First Weekend program, where the office provided materials and voter registration training to participating houses of worship, so they may schedule voter registration drives the first weekend of each month. The office has also taken an extremely active role at community events in the county, traveling with the voter registration booth often this summer. In the fall, the office will continue its First Voter program, in cooperation with Seminole County schools, registering or pre-registering high school seniors.

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