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No excuses -– it’s easier than ever to find election information

Original post made by Richard Hine, editor of The Almanac, on Oct 18, 2006

Report from Elliot Margolies of the Community Media Center.

Election day is coming November 7, and too many voters aren’t paying attention. The last midterm election in 2002 found nearly 65% of California voters opting out, with similar percentages in both San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

As Election Day approaches, mailboxes fill up with fancy campaign literature. With their lists of endorsements, family photos and attacks on opponents, mailers are not likely to contain comprehensive information on which to base important voting decisions. Voters often have no idea what candidates stand for, or the potential impact of state and local initiatives.

The South San Mateo League of Women Voters, the Palo Alto League of Women Voters, Foothill College students, and the Midpeninsula Community Media Center teamed up to produce a series of candidate forums as well as debates on controversial state propositions and local measures – all of which are accessible on the internet and cable TV.

Eighteen races are covered including US Congress (14th district), East Palo Alto and Menlo Park City Councils, Ravenswood School Board, Land Use Measure A in Santa Clara County and local measures regarding evictions and development in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park respectively. Additionally, there are three debates on controversial state propositions moderated by Foothill Sociology students.

The cable TV schedule is available at, along with internet links for those who prefer watching online. Each forum is divided into segments online. They also appear on the League of Women Voters website that carries additional, comprehensive voter resources.

The election fare culminates with a live Election Night show focused on Midpeninsula races. It airs on cable channel 27 in Atherton, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Stanford, beginning at 10 PM, and includes analysis and interviews with candidates.

These election resources were made possible with support from the Peninsula Community Foundation, Hewlett Packard Company, David D. Bohannon Organization, Premier Properties Management and the Palo Alto Weekly / Palo Alto Online.

With public forums, cable television programming and voter info online, it is easier than ever to become informed, and harder to justify sitting this one out.

Web sites:

-- Web Link for cable TV schedule and links to streamed programs.

-- The League of Women Voters: Web Link

-- On election night, November 7, watch Mid-peninsula results and analysis! Cable channel 27 at 10pm – midnight.

Contact: Elliot Margolies 650-856-4363


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