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Are you a Palo Alto voter?

Original post made by Becky Trout on Sep 5, 2007

I'm working on a story about the use of technology in local campaigns.

How do you get your information about candidates? Are you wowed by a snazzy web site? Or do you think handshakes are needed to get your vote?

Please call 650 326-8210 ex. 226.

Thanks!

Comments (3)

Posted by bruce, a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 7, 2007 at 11:20 am

I attend forums and meetings sponsored by groups, friends of the candidates or by the candidates themselves. For me face to face is the best way to size up a candidate.

I've received snail mail which have brief statements and often refer to a web site. Most of the sites have contained nothing but platitudes without much substance, i.e. stands on issues or positions on specific issues are sorely lacking.

I always look forward to our local papers for their take on a person.

It's not obvious to me how more technology could be added to the mix.


Posted by town square lurker, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Sep 7, 2007 at 11:47 am

I hang out here, sucking in all the gossip. It gives me a general idea of the candidates and issues -- red flags and red herrings. Then I go off and form my own opinion. Oh, and I follow links to candidates' websites.


Posted by Art, a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 8, 2007 at 10:18 am

A website on which a candidate could be asked his/her position on a specific subject would be valuable. I agree that the present websites listed on the PAN website only provide basic resumes and platitutes.
I presently get information about candidates from public forums either sponsored by the League of Women Voters or the neighborhood associations. However, because most of the answers to questions have
a time limit of one to three minutes, it is difficult to really get a picture of the candidate.


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