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Look to the Blue Line for Election 2011 Coverage

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It’s that time of year again:  the municipal election.  Candidates will soon be slogging through forums and questionnaires, doorsteps will be littered with fliers and advertising, ballots will be arriving in the mail, and voters will be trying to sort through mountains of information on the candidates and issues.  This year, the Blue Line is going to try to make it a little bit easier for everyone.

Our new Election 2011 section will have a number of features for voters and candidates.  Take a look at what we have to offer and check back often for updates.

Register to Vote or Update Your Registration

This election will be conducted strictly via mail-in ballot.  Is your registration up-to-date?  Will your ballot be sent to the correct address?  Thanks to the good people at New Era Colorado, you may register to vote or update your registration via a link on the Blue Line.

Participate in the Community Questionnaire

During the last election, City Council candidates received questionnaires from dozens of separate organizations.  Their answers to those questions were then posted at dozens of separate places, if they were posted at all, making it very difficult for voters to get a comprehensive view of what a candidate is all about.  This time, the Blue Line is hoping to do it differently, making it less burdensome for the candidates and easier for voters to get information.  We’re hosting an on-line Community Questionnaire that everyone can see and we’re making the candidates’ responses available for everyone to read.

The Community Questionnaire will combine questions from as many local organizations as possible to cover a broad range of issues and perspectives.  So far, participating organizations include:

If your organization would like to participate, please contact us, we would love to have you on board.  The deadline for questions submitted by organizations is fast approaching (August 29) so please contact us as soon as you can.

Compare Candidate Responses

Voters and organizations preparing endorsements will be able to read and compare candidates’ responses to the Community Questionnaire via the Blue Line.  Instead of scanning through pages and pages of multiple pdfs, you will be able to select a topic of your choice and find out where a particular candidate, or all the candidates, stands on that topic.  Look for this feature in mid-September.

Read Candidate Interviews

Watch the Blue Line for exclusive interviews and articles with City Council candidates. Students in the newly-formed Program of Journalism and Mass Communication at CU-Boulder will provide written articles, video interviews and more. As part of a multi-media assignment, students in instructor Christine Mahoney’s Radio/TV News Writing course (J-3604) will focus on candidate platforms and views. Look for articles and corresponding video clips from these budding journalists.

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