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New Website Empowers People to Get Answers

PA TIMES online
October 24, 2014

Do you want answers from your elected official? Then you have to ask the right questions.

AskThem, a non-profit, Web-based platform, works like a version of the White House’s “We the People” petition platform. Their innovative platform fosters continual conversation with elected official and candidates for office. Citizens can use the AskThem platform—think crowdsouring for questions—to raise issues with candidates for a public response.

Here’s how it works: Users enter their ZIP code on AskThem to find the candidates for the U.S. Senate, House and Governor in their area. Then, they ask questions in an open public forum. AskThem will deliver the most popular questions to candidates for an official response. Those responses are shared with the community.

As the country prepares for midterm elections, citizens can ask questions to candidates in over 75 Congressional races and all 36 state Governors’ races. So far, over 80 elected officials nationwide have volunteered to respond to public questions. More than 150 candidates are listed on their website, which provides unique and direct access to over 142,000 elected officials. Click here for a complete list of candidates by state.

To learn more about AskThem, visit their website.

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