Did you know? Young voters have more than doubled their turnout in the 2008 primaries and caucuses.
Did you know? There are 44 million 18-29 year olds eligible to vote – more than one-fifth of the voting eligible population.
Did you know? Iraq, jobs, health care, global warming, and college costs are the big issues for 18-29 year olds (RTV Poll).
Did you know? Check out Sen. Obama's response & Sen. McCain's response to the 18-30 Voter Issues Paper!

Preliminary CIRCLE Projection: Youth Voter Turnout Up

Medford/Somerville, MA - Preliminary CIRCLE projections show the turnout for young Americans (ages 18-29) is higher than in 2004, a year of significant increase, and is much higher than it was in 2000 and 1996. CIRCLE estimates youth voting after elections based on several variables, including the total number of ballots counted. Currently, the actual turnout estimate is unclear because of precincts that have not reported and the significant number of Americans who voted absentee; these votes will not be fully counted for some time, affecting the total number of ballots counted. At 12 pm on Nov 5th, about 120 million votes had been counted, but many states are far from reporting 100% of precincts. CIRCLE’s preliminary estimates are based on a range of possible vote counts, from a 120 million to 133 million. To read the full press release, please click here.

National Exit Polls Report Youth Represented 18 Percent of Voters (CIRCLE Press Release)

Medford/Somerville, MA -  Young people (ages 18-29) represented 18 percent of the voters in today’s election, according to the early released National Exit Polls (NEP) conducted by Edison/Mitofsky. This is the one point higher than in 1996, 2000, and 2004, when young voters represented 17 percent of voters in each presidential election, according to the NEP. However, this number does not indicate how many young people voted or whether there was a rise in youth turnout. In recent elections, the youth share of the vote remained constant, because youth turnout rose at the same rate as the total turnout. See the table below for more information on the difference between turnout and share. To read the press release, please click here.

SMACKDOWN YOUR VOTE! TODAY, NOVEMBER 4!

Today is Election Day! Make sure your voice is heard! Smackdown Your Vote! today at the polls!

Not sure where your polling place is located? Not sure what to bring to the polls? What time are the polls open in your state? Click on the links below to get the answers to these questions and more!

League of Women Voters

Rock the Vote

Cable in the Classroom and WWE’s Smackdown Your Vote! Bring Viewers a Front Row Seat to Young Voters’ Opinions on Campaign Issues

As Americans prepare to cast their votes for the next president of the United States, Cable in the Classroom and WWE’s Smackdown Your Vote! are releasing new videos of college student interviews about their opinions on some of the most critical issues of this year’s election. The ten videos are a complimentary component of the eLECTIONS 2008: Your Adventure in Politics broadband game. In these new videos, WWE Superstars and Divas open each segment to set up the various issues. The interviews feature both Democratic and Republican college students articulating their views on 10 key issues, drawn from the eLECTIONS 2008 game:
Healthcare
Environment
Economy
Immigration
Campaign Finance Reform
National Security
Education
Defense
Affirmative Action
Taxes

18-30 Voter Issues Paper Comes to Life with New Microsite

WWE’s new microsite for Smackdown Your Vote!’s 18-30 Voter Issues Paper (VIP) brings to life the issues in this election critical to Americans 30 and under, featuring comments from you favorite WWE Superstars and Divas. To check it out, go to vipvote2008.wwe.com.

Click on the Obama vs. McCain Respond icon to get their responses to the issues, or check out the campaign websites:
Senator Obama at http://www.barackobama.com/index.php
Senator McCain at http://www.johnmccain.com/.

Shelton Benjamin & Michelle McCool Featured in Smackdown Your Vote! PSAs

WWE Superstar Shelton Benjamin and WWE Diva Michelle McCool recently taped Public Service Announcements encouraging viewers to Smackdown their vote on Election Day, November 4. Check out the PSAs by clicking on the links below:
Shelton Benjamin (:15 PSA)
Shelton Benjamin (:30 PSA)
Michelle McCool (:15 PSA)
Michelle McCool (:30 PSA)

MyDebates.org offers chance to match up views with those of the presidential candidates

Check out MyDebates.org to see how your values line up with the presidential candidates’ values.

When visiting MyDebates.org, users will be prompted to take an “Issues Quiz” that will assess their stance on 14 issues, including the economy, national security, the environment, same-sex marriage, education and healthcare. Once users have taken the quiz, they can see how their values line up with the candidates and view a state-by-state breakdown of how other Americans feel on the issues. Users will also have the option of downloading a personalized application which can be embedded anywhere on the Web, for example, on a blog, social networking site like MySpace or another Web site. The application will provide a summary of the user’s stance on the issues, on-demand playback functionality and issue-based tracking, allowing users to track a candidate’s stance on issues they care about throughout the debate series.

MyDebates.org is part of a partnership between MySpace and the Commission on Presidential Debates for the upcoming presidential and vice presidential debate series.

USA TODAY AND MTV SURVEY YOUNG PEOPLE ON VOTING AND POLITICAL ISSUES

McLean, Va. and New York (October 6, 2008) — A USA TODAY/MTV/Gallup poll surveying youth voters, ages 18 – 29, is available today on USATODAY.com, MTVNews.com and ChooseorLose.com. MTV will also be reporting poll results on-air and a USA TODAY cover story by Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page is available in the newspaper today (http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2008-10-05-poll-youth_N.htm). To read the full press release, please click here.

Smackdown Your Vote! recognized by Minnesota Secretary of State in helping register record number of voters in Minnesota

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced that as a result of the extensive voter outreach efforts conducted by the Office of the Secretary of State and with such organizations as Smackdown Your Vote!, the number of registered voters in Minnesota has now reached an all-time high.

"Thanks to the tireless work of our outreach staff, along with civic-minded individuals and groups throughout the state, we now have 3,145,000 registered voters in Minnesota-roughly 84 percent of eligible voters," stated Ritchie. This surpasses by 12,000 the previous record of 3,133,000 set after the 2004 presidential election.

"Setting a new record could have only occurred as the result of a wide-spread effort," Ritchie said. "The Office of the Secretary of State has been pleased to work with a variety of businesses, civic organizations, unions, schools, churches, and professional sports teams." Among the organizations that the Secretary of State's office has partnered encourage registration are the WWE's Smackdown Your Vote, Rock the Vote, the Minnesota Twins, the Minnesota Lynx, the Saint Paul Saints, the Minnesota Gophers Football Team, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, and Cabella's. To read the full press release, please click here.

As part of the effort in assisting Secretary Ritchie's voter registration efforts, WWE Superstar Mr. Kennedy recorded a couple of radio Public Service Announcements with Secretary Ritchie.

Click here for :15 PSA

Click here for :30 PSA

WWE Superstars Bring Smackdown Your Vote! to the National Conventions

WWE Superstars and Divas attended the Democratic and Republican National Conventions as part of WWE's Smackdown Your Vote! efforts to encourage more voters, ages 30 and younger, to vote in this year’s election. Batista, Shelton Benjamin and Candice Michelle attended the Democratic National Convention in Denver and Mr. Kennedy and Mickie James attended the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. While at the conventions, the Superstars and Divas met various politicans and celebrities and were interviewed by the media about why the youth vote could be critical on Election Day. To see the full coverage, please click here.

New Rock the Vote Poll: Young Voters’ Election Energy Intensifies, Spurred by Economic Concerns and Desire for Change

Rock the Vote’s latest poll of 18-29 year olds shows young voters are increasingly engaged in the upcoming presidential election, driven by concerns over the faltering economy and a sense that our country needs a new direction.  Concern over the economy, while a top issue for young people since 2006, has intensified and is now the number one issue this election for nearly half (41%) of 18-29 year olds.  To read the full press release, click here.

Obama and McCain Sound Off in VIP Match-UP

Sen. Obama and Sen. McCain have responded in writing to the issues outlined in the 18-30 Voter Issues Paper (VIP).  WWE's Smackdown Your Vote! has combined  their answers in this VIP Match-Up so you can see where the presidential candidates stand on issues important to Americans 30 and under in this election.  Click on the graphic above to check it out or download it to share with friends.  And while you’re here, don’t forget to register to vote.

WWE at the Republican National Convention

Mickie James, Josh Mathews and Mr. Kennedy travelled to St. Paul, Minnesota to attend the 2008 Republican National Convention, where they hobnobbed with politicians, celebrities and more. They also did several media interviews regarding the ongoing Smackdown Your Vote! initiative.

To watch Mr. Kennedy and Mickie James on ABC.com with Sam Donaldson, click here. To watch Mickie James and Josh Mathews on Fox News: On the Record, click here.

Superstar Batista and Diva Candice Michelle Interviewed on Greta Van Susteren at the Democratic National Convention

WWE Diva Candice Michelle and Superstar Batista were interviewed Tuesday night after registering to vote by Fox News' Greta Van Susteren. To view the interview video, please click here (please scroll down the page).

Batista, Candice Michelle to register at Rock the Vote bus Tuesday

WWE Superstar Batista and Diva Candice Michelle will register to vote this Tuesday, Aug. 26, in Denver, at the Rock the Vote Mobile Bus powered by AT&T. The intention is to demonstrate to younger voters throughout the country how important it is to participate in the electoral process. United States Representative Robert Wexler of Florida will be there to help register our patriotic Superstars. More on this story... and to view the video, please click here.

Mr. Kennedy Calls on Volunteers for Republican National Convention

Mr. Kennedy taped a message to encourage people living in Minneapolis/St. Paul to volunteer during the Republican National Convention, which is occuring in St. Paul Sept. 1-4. View Mr. Kennedy's message.

McCain, Obama Respond To WWE®’s Voter Issues Paper

STAMFORD, May 29, 2008 – Sen. John McCain believes lower taxes and less regulation will unleash growth in the private sector, while Sen. Barack Obama believes that investing in America through the rebuilding of roads and bridges is the path to future economic growth. Both candidates see technology focused on improving the environment and alternative energy sources as a driver of jobs for young adults.

To read the full press release, please click here.
To read Sen. McCain's response to the 18-30 VIP, please click here.
To read Sen. Obama's response to the 18-30 VIP, please click here.

Sen. Clinton Responds To Smackdown Your Vote!® Issues Paper

STAMFORD, Conn., May 12, 2008Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton believes the greatest potential for new jobs for younger voters lies in alternative energy, innovation, and infrastructure and public sector jobs, according to her responses to WWE®’s Smackdown Your Vote! 18-30 Voter Issues Paper (VIP).  The Smackdown Your Vote! initiative has encouraged millions of young adults to vote in federal, state and local elections.

To read the full press release, please click here.
To read Sen. Clinton's response to the 18-30 VIP, please click here.

Young Voter Turnout 2008 - Primaries and Caucuses

The 2008 elections are shaping up to be the year of the young voter. After big increases in young voter turnout in 2004 and 2006, many skeptics wondered if the momentum would continue into 2008.The answer is a resounding yes. The number of 18-29 year old voters has increased in every state's primary or caucus so far in 2008, even doubling and tripling in several. Overall, the number of 18-29 year olds voting in primaries and caucuses in 2008 is 109% more than in the previous set of primary elections. To read the full fact sheet, please click here.

WWE® Asks Presidential Candidates To Address The Issues

WWE’s Smackdown Your Vote! today released the 2008 18-30 Voter Issues Paper (VIP), a guide to help young adults articulate the issues important to them in this national election, and a platform through which the candidates can provide their responses to issues important to this voting demographic. The 18-30 VIP addresses the economy, Iraq war, education, health care, and the environment as the most important issues on the minds of young voters.  More on this story...

Winning Young Voters Hanbook Now Available through Rock the Vote

Rock the Vote's latest publication, "Winning Young Voters," is now available on the Rock the Vote website! "Winning Young Voters" is their premier handbook for campaigns, organizations, and political parties interested in mobilizing young voters to win in 2008 and beyond. In this handbook, you'll find:
-Voter registration best practices and tips;
-GOTV best practices and tips;
-Case studies of campaigns that targeted the youth vote and won;
-The latest on young voter demographics and political attitudes..

WHAT IS SYV!?

What is Smackdown Your Vote!?

WWE's Smackdown Your Vote! is an non-partisan campaign to encourage young people to become active participants in their democracy and vote. Working with several non-partisan partners and the major political parties, WWE and its Superstars have the sole focus of encouraging more young people to register and vote, and to have more candidates for political office address the credible issues of Americans under 30. Smackdown Your Vote!, along with eight other organizations, has issued the first joint national voter issues paper for 18-to-30-year-olds in America.