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Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Here it is. Hot off the press. In the video: CNN’s Anderson Cooper and John King, Mike Gravel, Elizabeth Edwards, Obama advisor David Axelrod, Dennis Kucinich, Howard Dean and Chris Dodd.

Our question didn’t make it into the debate, and only one candidate was given time to answer the solitary question about election reform, but that didn’t stop me from tracking down the candidates and their advisors after the debate to hear what they plan to do to help increase America’s dismal level of voter turnout and make voting as convenient as possible for eligible voters.

Everyone I talked to had ideas for increasing voter turnout, so why aren’t we hearing more about them? As Senator Dodd said, voting is “the right upon which all other rights depend.” As long as only HALF of the people who are eligible to vote are going out to do so, how can it be possible that the true voice of the people will be heard on all of the other issues that are being talked about this campaign? And what can we do to fix this?

That’s exactly what we will be exploring in our interactive documentary video series, set to debut at whytuesday.org this fall. Next stop: the Republican debate September 17!

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