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Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Go Ahead, Ask The Candidates!

We’re a proud partner of 10Questions.com, the people-powered political debate tool where ANYONE can get our politicians to answer questions. I put together this video to let people know about how easy it is to participate. You have until September 21st to submit questions for candidates across the country.

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

You Ask, Politicians Answer. Seriously!

Question Mark

Around here, we like to ask questions. We think Americans aren’t asking enough questions. Our advisory board member Andrea Batista Schlesinger even wrote a book about it: The Death of “Why?” – The Decline of Questioning and the Future of Democracy. We need our citizens asking questions of our elected leaders and political candidates, instead of accepting spoon-fed answers about the issues that affect our daily lives.

The biggest problem for you or me is that it’s not easy to ask tough questions to those in power. We had to run around the country to get the 2008 presidential candidates to talk to us about elections and voting. But it’s getting easier. Here’s how.

10 Questions

In 2008 we participated in a project called 10Questions that hand-delivered our questions to some of the presidential candidates. And they answered. Now, you have the power to use the same forum to talk with your local and national leaders in advance of the 2010 midterm elections. The Knight Foundation has funded 10Questions and a major group of media partners, including Why Tuesday?, is working to bring the forum to you. Micah Sifry of the Personal Democracy Forum was one of the early drivers of the project, and he writes that it’s quite easy to use.

The way it works is simple: anyone can post a question (video or text), anyone can vote those up or down (one vote per question per IP address), anyone can embed a question, a race, a state, or the entire country via a fully functional widget, on any website they want. To post or vote on a question, you just need a Google Account, as the site is powered by a souped-up version of the Google Moderator question platform (and for which we are grateful to our technology partners Google and YouTube.) No personal user information is being retained, though the site will allow anyone to view where questions and votes are coming from geographically, and to track the daily up-down voting on any question.

Between now and September 14, voters will have their say. Then we’ll submit the top 10 questions (minus ones that are obscene or inappropriate) to the relevant candidates, and give them until October 14 to post their replies. After that we’ll ask the public to again vote on whether they think the candidates actually answered the questions.

The 2010 midterms edition of 10Questions.com covers 43 of the most competitive races across the country, in 11 states: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Michigan, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

You have the power, and now the tool, to get answers from the powers that be. It’s easy. Start now. Use the widget below. And visit 10Questions.com to do your part to help strengthen our democracy.

Human question mark photo by doberagi on Flickr.

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Putting Voters in the Driver’s Seat in 2010

Drive Through Voting?

Disclaimer: This post about 10Questions.com was originally published on TechPresident.com. Why Tuesday? is a media partner of 10Questions.com. Photo of the wrong kind of voter in a driver’s seat via mopics on Flickr.

Three years ago, we had a modest idea here at Personal Democracy Forum: that the internet could be a vehicle for transforming the presidential debates then underway. Instead of relying solely on journalists to determine the questions being asked of candidates; why not involve the public? Instead of giving the candidates 60 seconds to recite a canned answer, why not offer them unlimited time to prepare a serious response? And instead of letting candidates dodge questions during live debates, why not create a real feedback loop and let the public vote on whether they were satisfied with candidates’ answers? Instead of debates tailored for (and constrained by) the demands of broadcast television, why not use the interactive and abundant nature of the internet to try something new and make debates far more participatory, content-rich, and accountable?

From that set of ideas was born 10Questions.com, a cross-partisan interactive platform for voter-candidate engagement that we are pleased to announce has been relaunched for the 2010 elections this week. (more…)

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Romney’s Interstitial Disconnect

NEW YORK, NEW YORK — Mitt Romney just announced the end of his bid for the Republican nomination. In today’s political climate, big money and high-paid consultants alone do not make the grade. Successful campaigns and candidates must be multi-dimensional in order to woo multi-media oriented voters.

In that vein, Romney and his staff never came to grips with what voters were looking for in a President. (more…)

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Candidate Challenge: Dennis Kucinich

Dennis Kucinich, like Mike Gravel, responded to the Why Tuesday? Candidate Challenge at the CNN/YouTube debate in South Carolina this summer. And also like Gravel (and Edwards and Huckabee), Kucinich doubles up on his response to the Candidate Challenge by way of 10Questions. (more…)

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Candidate Challenge: Mike Gravel

Mike Gravel responded to our Candidate Challenge at the CNN/YouTube debate this summer, but this morning he doubled up on his response by way of 10Questions. (more…)

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