Transition team opens Change.gov for questions, votes
- By Brian Robinson
- Dec 11, 2008
The Obama transition team has opened up Change.gov, President-elect
Barack Obama’s official Web site, to questions from the public.
mid afternoon on Dec. 10, the day the site launched the new feature,
more than 56,000 votes had been recorded on some 930 questions
submitted by more than 1,400 people, transition officials said.
that number stood at more than 500,000 votes on 6,300 questions from
about 9,300 people. The questions included "What will you do to
establish transparency and safeguards against waste with the rest of
the Wall Street bailout money?" and "How long will it take for you to
implement your health care policy to insure those who do not have any
insurance at all?"
The new feature is a further step in the
transition team’s pursuit of citizen involvement in the transition,
officials said. Previously, that had been done through discussion
forums, but with this question feature the Change.gov community “has
jumped into a true two-way dialogue," the transition team said in a
posting on the site.
People who want to pose questions and
vote on issues must sign up and select a password before they can do
so. The questions on the site move up or down on the popularity scale
depending on the votes they receive, and the most popular questions
selected by the Change.gov community will receive regular answers from
members of the transition team, officials said.
Brian Robinson is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.