Declare Yourself Launches 'Why Wait?' Campaign Encouraging Young People to Vote Early

Wed Oct 8, 2008 10:00am EDT

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Declare Yourself Launches 'Why Wait?' Campaign Encouraging Young People to
Vote Early
DeclareYourself.com Recommends early voting to protect rights and make every
vote count

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Building upon youth voter registration
records to be set this November, Declare Yourself
(http://www.declareyourself.com), the leading national, non-partisan young
voter organization, today launched an extensive new campaign to compel 18-29
year old voters to cast their ballots before Election Day in the 31 states
that allow early voting.  The campaign, called "Why Wait?"
(http://www.declareyourself.com/whywait) uses the latest Internet viral
marketing technology as well as a campus tour to get the word out.
    "We're informed, engaged, and registered -- yet our generation is often
skeptical about whether or not we will be able to cast a vote that counts on
Election Day," said Diana Nguyen, Associate Director of Declare Yourself.
"Early voting allows us to cast our ballots on our own time, avoiding lines,
confusion, and misinformation. It gives us more control over our part in the
process."
    In addition to this nationwide campaign to raise awareness, Declare
Yourself is recruiting a team of grassroots organizers -- Why Wait?
Ambassadors -- who will help spread the early voting message on their college
campuses and coordinate on-the-ground efforts to get out the vote.
    The basics of "Why Wait?" are clear, VOTE NOW and VOTE EARLY. Thirty-one
states allow voters to cast their ballots early even if they are able to make
it to the polls on Election Day. Some elections offices use touch-screen
voting machines and others allow voters to submit an in-person absentee
ballot. Also, if you can not make it to the polls on Election Day, four U.S.
states and the District of Columbia require a valid excuse to vote early and
absentee in-person. Requirements vary by state, but can include military
service, college attendance, and sickness.  A full list of States that
participate in early voting is available at http://www.declareyourself.com.
    Declare Yourself has partnered with Microsoft's Zune digital media player,
retail and media giant Karmaloop, top independent label Dim Mak Records, well
known design firm House Industries, and Jason Pollock's new film, "The
Youngest Candidate", to promote this unprecedented effort on and off the
Internet to young people around the country. The drive also features a viral
video release of an animated parody of Skoolhouse Rock by director Samantha
Scharff and 8HatsHigh Productions.
    For more detailed information, go to
http://www.declareyourself.com/whywait.


SOURCE  Declare Yourself

Jennifer Gross, jennifer@emgpr.com, or Alanna Navitski, alanna@emgpr.com, both
of Evolutionary Media Group, +1-323-658-8700, for Declare Yourself
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