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Look to the Blue Line for Election 2013 Coverage – fixed


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To our email subscribers: We are resending this post to you because some of the links in yesterday’s post were broken. Apologies for the inconvenience.

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.  The Blue Line is here to make it a little bit easier for everyone.

Our upcoming Election 2013 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 2011 municipal election, instead of receiving questionnaires from dozens of separate organizations, City Council candidates were able to focus their time and attention on the Blue Line’s Community Questionnaire, a compilation of questions from those same organizations. And, instead of having their answers posted at dozens of separate places, if they were posted at all, they were posted here, online, for everyone to read.

This year’s Community Questionnaire will combine questions from even more local organizations than last time, covering a broad range of issues and perspectives.  So far, participating organizations include:

  • Boulder Area Trails Coalition
  • Boulder County Arts Alliance
  • Boulder County Audubon Association
  • Boulder County Horse Association
  • Boulder Mountainbike Alliance
  • Boulder Shelter for the Homeless
  • Boulder Weekly
  • Clean Energy Action
  • Community Cycles
  • Community Foundation Serving Boulder County
  • Crestview West Neighborhood
  • Ecocycle
  • El Centro AMISTAD
  • Friends Interested in Dogs and Open Space (FIDOS)
  • Friends of Boulder Open Space
  • Human Services Alliance
  • Intercambio
  • Mapleton Hill Neighborhood
  • Martin Acres Neighborhood Association
  • New Era Colorado
  • Newlands Neighborhood
  • Out Boulder
  • PLAN-Boulder County
  • Prairie Dog Coalition of the Humane Society of the United States
  • Sierra Club
  • Southeast Boulder Neighborhood Association
  • University Hill Neighborhood Association

If your organization is not listed here, and you were planning on sending a questionnaire to the candidates, consider sending it to the Blue Line instead. We will incorporate it into the Community Questionnaire. The deadline for submissions is coming up quickly. All questions for candidates must be submitted to the Blue Line by the end of the day on Monday, August 26.

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, stand on that topic.  Look for candidate responses to be posted here in mid-September.

Read Candidate Interviews and Campaign Coverage

Watch the Blue Line for exclusive interviews and articles with City Council candidates. Tentative arrangements have been made for students in Instructor Jeff Browne’s upper level CU News Corps course at CU-Boulder to interview the candidates and produce profiles for the Blue Line. Look for articles from these budding journalists.

The Blue Line is very lucky to have scientist, writer, analyst, photographer and all-around engaged citizen Zane Selvans volunteer to cover the three PLAN-Boulder County candidate forums for the Blue Line. His excellent coverage of the 2011 forums and debates was very much appreciated.

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