Q: What is Get My Vote?

A: Get My Vote is an online space where people explain their core political beliefs and share personal stories about how those beliefs were formed. It is an online discussion that seeks to move beyond the talking points and conventional wisdom of the 2008 election season to get at the heart of what people want from their politicians.

It all starts with one question: What will it take for a candidate to get your vote?


Q: How do I participate?

A: Read the submission tips, take a moment to consider what you want to say, register and then upload your commentary. You can also participate by commenting on other people's contributions, and by recommending their work to others.

Q: Why are you asking me to register with my real name, not a screen name or nickname?

A: We believe that asking people to use their real names when participating in this project will encourage open, transparent dialogue.

Q: Does my commentary have to be video?

A: No. You can upload audio and text commentaries as well.

Q: I don't see my commentary. Where is it?

A: It may take a few minutes for an uploaded audio or video commentary to be processed by the system and appear online. Not all commentaries will be posted to the Get My Vote home page. But all commentaries can be accessed through the site's search function. In instances where a commentary violates the Terms of Use, the site's editors may choose to remove the commentary.

Q: How is the site moderated?

A: Contributions to Get My Vote may be reviewed by NPR and its partners. In addition, users can flag material on the site as inappropriate. Violation of the site's Terms of Use may result in the removal of material from the site. NPR also reserves the right to block violators from using the site.

Q: Who is behind Get My Vote?

A: The site was created by National Public Radio, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and in collaboration with the larger public broadcasting community.

Q: How is the site being used by NPR? Will I be on-air?

A: Shows produced by NPR will monitor Get My Vote commentaries to better understand how the public sees the issues shaping the election. Contributors to Get My Vote may also be asked to appear on air. So when you upload a commentary, please keep in mind that it could be broadcast on the radio.

Q: How will other public broadcasters use the site?

A: Stations, programs and other Get My Vote partners use the site in the same way NPR uses it: to foster a wide-ranging discussion of voters' political convictions during the 2008 election season. Visit our partners page for a full list of participating stations and shows.

Q: Will I be contacted about my commentary if it's used on air?

A: NPR and our public broadcasting partners may contact you prior to using your commentary on-air. Your contact information will not be used or shared for any purpose other than activities related to Get My Vote.

Q: What is the copyright policy for material posted to Get My Vote?

A: You retain the copyright to your work. In addition, when posting to this site, you grant NPR — and other public broadcasting entities associated with the project — the right to use your material online and on-air, in full or in part. Your commentaries may also appear as embeddable widgets on third-party sites. Please read the Terms of Use for a full explanation.

Q: How do I contact the Get My Vote team?

A: Please send private comments about the project through our contact form.

Q: Why did NPR create the Get My Vote site?

A: NPR originally considered engaging the candidates in an online debate. After reflection, however, the team behind the project decided it would be more interesting to engage the electorate in a conversation about the direction of the country, rather than converse with candidates about their own agendas.

Q: Just who is this NPR team you keep referring to?

A: The group at NPR responsible for Get My Vote includes: Wright Bryan, Andy Carvin, Amanda Hirsch, Joe Matazzoni, Darren Mauro, Scott Stroud and Maria Thomas.

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