How about a website to inform the electorate? | AspenTimes.com

How about a website to inform the electorate?

Dear Editor:

I read with interest that Mick Ireland says candidates have to start earlier and spend more money to get elected in Aspen. Bummer. How can we turn that around the other way?

What if there was a nonbiased, completely inclusive resource for voters to get their information? A publicly sponsored (Pitco and Aspen) website that provided an equal opportunity venue for all candidates to share their views with the public? A voter wants to check a candidate on the issues, and he/she goes to the election website and looks it up. Straight from the candidates themselves with as many, or as few words as they choose.

What if this website allowed questions to be asked directly of the candidates and a direct response? What if it provided links to other resources – like the papers, GrassRoots and their interviews? What if it provided a one-stop calendar of election events, debates and meet-and-greets?

What if this website also gave voters a chance to tell the candidates how they would like to be communicated with? What if the registered voter (they and their address are of public record) could rate how they like, and don’t like to be lobbied for their vote? Do you like candidates coming to your door? If so, what time range? Do you want fliers sent to you? Do you want to be pitched by emails – is there a limit? What is your preferred email address? Do you want to see ads in the paper? Yard signs? Meet-and-greets? Nothing?

Each voter could rank the choices as individuals and allow their preferences to be seen by the candidates. If a voter doesn’t want any part of this, they can ignore it. I would call this a public service – better info when and how you want it. I don’t want a bunch of candidates coming to my door, or sending me fliers, but maybe you do. How does a candidate know?

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I say Aspen has always led, and let’s lead on this front. The “Republicrats” and those with the coin won’t like this. Duh, money is their advantage; but how about a little competition, competition that’s heart is in the community, not the bank? Whose goal is to provide equal and fair access, not to just win or influence?

Scott Writer

Aspen