Questions for Candidates? We'll Get the Answers.

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BlogHer is undertaking an exciting effort again this year to bring campaign news and information to our community, including from the candidates themselves. We're proud to announce our partnership with 10Questions for the election, a great program put together by our friends at the Personal Democracy Forum and funded by the Knight Foundation. 10Questions brings your questions to the candidates, and provides a simple interface to get the answers.

How 10Questions works:

Community members submit questions -- either by text or video -- to candidates in 11 participating states: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania. [Yeaaaah! Insert Dean Scream here.] You can then vote on the questions, and the top 10 will be posed to candidates, who respond on video, thanks to YouTube. Following another round of voting, readers can determine whether candidates actually answered the questions (a novel concept, we know), "rewarding substantive answers over adherence to talking points or rhetoric," as 10Questions has defined the project.

Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman celebrates after winning the Republican nomination for California governor in Los Angeles, California,in this June 8, 2010 file photo. Whitman has caught Democrat Jerry Brown flat-footed with an aggressive push for Latino voters in the California governor's race, making quick inroads with a traditionally Democratic constituency in an incendiary year for U.S. immigration politics. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

Who will be participating? "Some of the highest-profile candidates in the country, from gubernatorial candidates like California's Meg Whitman and Pennsylvania's Tom Corbett, to U.S. Senate candidates like California's Barbara Boxer and Carly Fiorina, and Ohio's Lee Fisher, have committed to answering the top questions in their race."

So let's get to it, BlogHers. We can shape the debate of some of the most important races in the country, at an incredibly important time. Don't wait -- the initial question phase ends Monday Sept. 20th.

We'll keep everyone abreast of the program, but you can check back at 10Questions.com and You follow @10questions on Twitter. Answer videos should be posted before October 14th.

We're also continuing our own efforts to work with women candidates across the political spectrum and at all levels, so stay tuned. And if there are candidates in any state not part of the 10Questions program, let us know.

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Sarah Granger blogs here and there. She is directing BlogHer's Election 2010 content, featuring women candidates and bloggers.

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