Press Release: –A Step Towards an Educated Voter (Helping smart voters make educated/informed choices)

November 3, 2008 § Leave a comment

Released the following press release.  Let’s see if anyone picks up. has opened its doors to the public two days before the election, allowing engaged voters to state whom they would vote for and why.  Its creator, Nikita Bernstein, came to US from the former USSR in 1991 at the age of 12 with his family.  Fully aware of the sacrifices made by his parents, he finds it frustrating to be an engaged citizen yet to be an undecided voter with only days remaining before the election.  With the political dialogue presented to the public mostly catering to emotional angles, he feels that the campaigns are more about sound bites and stirring emotions than informing voters.  Moreover, the voters themselves seem to divide themselves into two categories: those who understand the issues poorly, yet have ample time to be active,  And those who understand some issues very well, yet have little time and exposure to educate those around them, and, as a result, get drowned out by the sheer volume of rhetoric coming from all sides.

As a last resort, he decided that if he is unable to find good resources to help him make his decision, he will create one.  So he sat down, and, in 2 days, released, a site that allows people to:

·State the candidate they willvotefor

·Explain why they will vote for that candidate

·Reference the information that influenced them most

·Rate other people’s votes as interesting, well-cited, etc.

While still evolving, the site is active and is a major step in the right direction to shift politics from emotion-driven to issue-driven.  Most people do not have the time or knowledge to understand what the right decisions are.  However, they can read and understand good analyses, agree on conclusions, and support the strategies that reflect the society they wish to live in.

Winston Churchill once said “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”This is because politicians have traditionally been in the damning position of having to choose between what is correct politically vs. socio-economically.  Sites like this seek to change that and, as a result, we may see a major shift in how American politics are conducted over the next several years.

Watch for more to come.

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