Democracy Network to link US voters, candidates online

US voters will get a chance to interact with candidates, brush up on political platforms and receive news coverage of the November elections at a new World Wide Web site.

US voters will get a chance to interact with candidates, brush up on political platforms and receive news coverage of the November elections at a new World Wide Web site called The Democracy Network at http://www.democracynet.org.

Sponsored by a Los Angeles-based nonprofit research group, the Centre for Governmental Studies, the new site focuses on informing voters about local candidates and ballot measures, as well as offering a forum for political discussion.

In order to provide pertinent information, candidates will be given passwords that allow them to access a site database in order to make changes to the content, the group says.

Voters enter their local ZIP code, a candidate's name or an issue of interest in order to receive information. In addition, several news services will provide political news for users of the site.

"Interactive technology is the most exciting new tool being applied to improve the political and governmental process," says Tracy Westen, a political analyst and president of the Centre for Governmental Studies.

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