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Voters, Candidates Flock to Democracy Net During Election 2001Thousands of Candidates Covered on DNet (www.dnet.org)
WASHINGTON, DC - The League of Women Voters announced today that its online resource for election and voter information, DNet, covered more than 9,200 candidates and drew in millions of citizens with nonpartisan voting information in 2001's off year elections.
Throughout the election cycle, DNet was the only nationwide, nonprofit website to provide information on candidates running for office at the federal, state and local levels. Highlights of DNet's 2001 election coverage included statewide races in New Jersey and Virginia and high profile elections in cities across the country.
The site was inundated with voters before they headed to the polls. DNet showed a pre-election spike in viewership with more than 3 million "hits" in the two weeks before November 6 and culminating in more than 1 million "hits" before noon on Election Day.
With League members providing a vast network of volunteers, DNet offered voters information, including bios and issue statements, on more than 9,200 candidates for approximately 4,000 offices in 30 states. More than 280 ballot measures were covered, providing summaries of the ballot questions, and arguments for and against them.
"This interactive website is the next logical step in continuing the League's 81 years of voter services and education in the age of the Internet," said Dr. Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins, Chair of the League of Women Voters Education Fund. "Our members are pioneering online election coverage and candidate debates in their communities throughout the country.
DNet, which began its first year of nationwide operation in 2000, has provided information on more than 26,000 national and local candidates in 2000 and 2001. The site is the first to offer online coverage of community races such as Kalamazoo, MI City Commission, Minneapolis, MN Library Board, and judicial, town, village and school board elections in numerous states on one national forum. DNet is poised to begin its coverage of 2002 federal, state and local elections. Primaries for the 2002 election cycle begin next March.
To learn more about what the League of Women Voters has been doing, check out the "Get the News" section (interactive.lwv.org/News/NewsMain.cfm of our website for additional press releases and new clips on national, state and local activities.
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.