Politicians need a website

Published 8:50 pm Wednesday, October 8, 2014

To the editor:

In your column “Smart voting requires good information” (Sept. 28, 2014), you said you were going to start a series of articles showing the history and other important information of local candidates here in Virginia. So I have one thing to say to you, thank you!

I appreciate your contribution to solving the widespread problem of people not knowing about their local candidates. It is very hard, if not impossible, to find detailed information on those candidates.

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This, at least in my opinion, is one of the reasons people don’t vote. No self-respecting person can just walk up on Election Day, drop their vote off and leave not knowing about who they are voting for. In fact, many people have to rely on those handing out information at the voting centers to know how to vote.

I wish there was some sort of website where local politicians could set up their own pages. If there were such a website, the political knowledge of who is who on the local level would be much more widespread.

Actually, I am surprised that this has not happened yet. You would think most local politicians would want a well-known place to advertise their views.

Just think of how it would grow itself. Politicians could have pages such as that of Randy Forbes.

I hope such a website could be made soon, as it would be a huge help increasing the average person’s knowledge of politics.

I wish you luck getting the word out to the people who need to hear it.

Gideon Roberts