What’s happening to elections?

Almost every week, it seems, we learn of another innovation in the presidential election campaigns. The newest twist, according to the S.F. Chronicle is that MySpace and YouTube are planning a series of five forums at which candidates will answer questions and interact with a live audience. Each candidate will have a separate, hour-long session during which he or she will answer questions sent in by email, instant messaging and text messages. The audience is expected to be younger than the traditional audience for candidate debates and the questions may be quite different from those posed by an older audience or journalists. It remains to be seen whether that’s the way the events will work out. Because the League has traditionally hosted candidate debates, it’s especially important for our members to be aware of these innovative shows and to see whether we can take the best features of the traditional and newer forums for future elections.

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