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FAQ - League of Young Voters Primary on Facebook


 

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I heard the League of Young Voters is having a primary election for young voters on Facebook?  Is that true?
Why, yes.

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What's this all about?
The League of Young Voters is teaming up with MoveOn.org Political Action to launch a presidential primary for young voters on Facebook.  We're sending a mass of young voters to the "virtual polls", aiming to amplify the voice of young voters.  It's based around a Facebook application, where people can vote for and promote their favorite candidate, and identify their top issues as well.  You can see not only who's winning nationally on Facebook, but also who's winning in each Facebook "network".  In other words, it automatically starts a primary election race in each city, school, workplace, etc.  The race is on to get your candidate and issues to the top in your network!!

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How do I get started?
Click here to get started: http://apps.facebook.com/theleague
If you already have a Facebook account, you can log in on the left side.

If you don't have a Facebook account yet, the signup form takes about 15 seconds and you're in!  It's free and easy.  More info about Facebook is below.

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What if I'm not sure who to vote for?
The application links to a terrific website called glassbooth.org, where you can get unbiased information on all of the candidates, using their own statements about where they stand on the issues. You can look at candidates and issues individually, or you can take their Candidate Quiz to learn more about which candidate matches your views most closely.

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What is Facebook?
Here's the description from the Facebook site: "Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet."  Read more at http://facebook.com/about.php

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Who is Facebook for?  Just young people?  Just college students?
Facebook is open to everyone, and anyone with an email address can get a Facebook account.  There are well over 50 million people on Facebook, so as you can imagine they are not in any easily-definable category.

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But what about the League of Young Voters application?  Is that only for young people?  What is young anyway?
Anyone who is on Facebook can vote, but since this primary is for young voters, only votes from users who are 35 and under will be counted towards the totals.  Results will be tallied overall, but also network-by-network, so you'll be able to see who is ahead in your city, high school, workplace, college, etc.  Other features of the application like the badge, friends comparison, newsfeed features will work fine regardless of age.
...And since you asked, we think anyone who feels young is young. :)

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Is it a partisan primary?
No, both Democrat and Republican candidates are available on the primary, as are write-in candidates.  We hope that, no matter who they are supporting, young people from all over participate, express their opinions, and engage their friends.

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Is this project sponsored or endorsed by Facebook?
No.  Facebook allows outside groups to create "applications" that work with their platform, but they are not sponsoring or endorsing this project in any way.

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What happens to the email addresses you collect through this application?
If you choose to provide your email address in the "Basic Info" section of the application, it'll go to the League of Young Voters and MoveOn.org Political Action, so they can keep you informed and engaged.  Of course, you can opt out at any time after that if you don't want to receive updates.  For the full privacy policy for the application, see http://moveon.org/fb_apps/lyv_primary/privacy.html.

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When does the voting begin?
Voting begins on the morning of January 3, 2008 -- the same day as the Iowa caucuses.  It runs for a month until Feb 5, but results may be publicized along the way.

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What is the purpose of the application, and what else are you going to do with it?
We have several reasons for undertaking this project:

  • To engage young people online in the lead up to the primary.
  • To demonstrate that young people are engaged and paying attention. The League and MoveOn are providing a space online to echo what is going on in communities across the nation; young people are turning out to the polls records numbers and are more interested than ever.
  • To bring young voters and their issues to the forefront of the national political discussion.  We want the candidates to talk about issues that matter to our communities.
  • To register new voters and re-register young voters who have moved.
  • To encourage young people to turn out to the polls during their primary election or caucus, and in the general election in November.
  • To have a little fun.

 

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So I just vote online and that's it?
Well, hell no!  Voting online is a cool way to show people that you're paying attention and that you want your voice to be heard.  But it doesn't count for much unless you get off your rear and vote in the real elections too.  For a calendar of primary elections click here, and to find more information about your election and polling places, go here.  We'll do our best to remind you to vote when the time comes too.

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Is there any off-line component to this?
Yes, we'll use this application to help young people engage, register, and turn each other out to vote in innovative ways.

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How can I vote for candidates from other parties besides Democrats and Republicans?
You can vote for any candidate using the write-in option.  Unfortunately for manageability we had to limit the list of pre-filled candidates to this list from the New York Times.  But if you support a candidate from another party, we encourage you to vote for that candidate using the write-in option at the bottom of the candidate list.

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Wow, the app is beautiful. Who is the graphic designer?
That would be our ace design homie Jeff French at http://ixley.com. You may remember him from such smash hits as theballot.org and this site that you're on now. The man has skills

 

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