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Wiki the Vote!

October 9, 2007 - by Donny Shaw

The folks at Congresspedia.org, a wiki-based citizens’ encyclopedia for all things congressional, have just launched a new section of their site dedicated to the upcoming elections. The “Wiki the Vote” lets everyone participate in creating profiles on each and every candidate for Congress in 2008.

>The project is starting with nearly 300 basic profiles to be expanded and updated by citizens, journalists and even the campaigns themselves (or those of their opponents). Unlike Wikipedia, people connected to the subjects of articles are free to add to them as long as their contributions are rhetoric-free and comprised of fully documented, verifiable facts. The citizen editors are assisted and fact-checked by professional editors.
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>The first set of articles is based on confirmed candidates according to 2008racetracker.com and will eventually expand to cover every candidate on the ballot in the primary and general elections next year. When the OpenSecrets.org 2008 congressional campaign contributions database goes online in a few weeks, the candidate profiles will also display live feeds tracking the money race and who is funding it.

There’s never been a central database like this for information — favorable and unfavorable — about congressional candidates. In the past, the smear has been kept separate from the stroking. Putting together all kinds of information from all kinds of sources could go a long way towards helping voters elect the best legislators they can. Help get the ball rolling by filling in the profile of a candidate you care about!

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