September 17, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Michelle Collins/ Votergasm
Votergasm.org seeks 100,000 young people to pledge sex with voters on election night and withhold sex from non-voters
(New York, NY) Increase voter turn-on. That’s the idea behind Votergasm.org, an ambitious campaign launched by a group of recent grads from Columbia, Barnard, Harvard, and UW-Madison who are seeking to increase youth voting and sexual activity. Their goal: send 100,000 first-time youth voters to polls for the 2004 elections, and catalyze 250,000 orgasms by the morning of November 3. They’re asking Votergasm.org’s visitors to pledge to have sex with a voter on election night—and withhold sex from non-voters until the next presidential election. Since the campaign’s launch two weeks ago, more than 4,000 people have pledged to do just that.
“Voting is hot,” said Votergasm.org director and spokeswoman Michelle Collins. “And young voters are hot for each other. Votergasm.org is a way to channel our generation’s patriotism into sex, and vice versa. Election Day should be an erotic national youth festival, an orgy of democracy and civic participation.”
To encourage election-night sex on campuses, Votergasm.org kicked-off an aggressive and outrageous swing-state advertising campaign today. The ad buy, starting with U-Penn’s Daily Pennsylvanian, will soon expand to college newspapers in Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Colorado, Michigan, Iowa, and Missouri. The ad is viewable online at http://www.votergasm.org/ad.php .
At Votergasm.org, visitors can register to vote, host or locate election-night Votergasm parties, and sign the Votergasm Pledge to have sex with—and only with—fellow voters. The site also features steamy instructional pictorials of young, scantily-clad male and female voters demonstrating civic actions such as requesting an absentee ballot, and a Hot-or-Not-style game in which visitors judge the political orientation of people who upload their photos to the site.
“Many people think of politics as dirty. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Politics can be clean, invigorating, and beautiful – like sex,” Collins continued. “When we looked at the statistics from the 2000 elections, we were shocked. Millions of young people didn’t vote—and an even larger number did not have sex that night. Never again.”
Votergasm.org is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that seeks to reverse two disturbing trends in American society: low voting rates among young people, and unacceptably low rates of youth sexual activity.
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