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An “A” for Effort

October 27, 2010

Let it never be said that fans of Smart Voter are shy!  In a post Smart Voter, Dumb Candidates a few weeks ago in her blog Around Fremont, Clarissa Ryan took some of her local candidates to task for not providing any information to voters through our online service.  She offered some pointed theories as to why.  I’m not sure of the extent to which any of the particular failings she cites might actually apply to the candidates, but we know that they are missing a golden opportunity to communicate the reasons why voters should select them on Election Day.

We appreciate the time many candidates take to submit information that helps voters make an informed decision.  For the November 2nd election, that includes thousands of candidates at the federal, state and local level whose free profiles already appear at  It’s also fair to note that sometimes we have difficulty reaching candidates with the contact information that is available to us.  If you’re still out there but not on Smart Voter, you can always find us.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 27, 2010 2:49 PM

    Thanks for the link. As you can tell, I was a little cranky that day!

    Actually, I was curious about that–I didn’t know that Smart Voter attempts to reach the candidates. In that case, there’s really no excuse! Local candidates ought to be easy to contact (so that voters can ask them questions). And they really should be people who are more well informed about politics than average (right?)–so they certainly ought to know about Smart Voter! My city likes to call itself “the gateway to Silicon Valley” and that kind of thing, so they also ought to be at least minimally computer-literate. So…

  2. October 27, 2010 6:23 PM

    Thanks for your post and comment! We do the best we can to reach out to local candidates, but we do rely on the dedication of volunteers with the League of Women Voters and there are literally many thousands of candidates in California alone. As far as knowing about Smart Voter, we do reach a huge number of people (millions of page views in major elections) but there are many who still are not aware of our unique information resource. Publicity (or was it emotional release?) such as your blog post helps raise that awareness in each community.

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