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This is the detailed timeline for e-debate planning. Candidates will be able to prepare all of their responses in advance expect for the mandatory rebuttals which are due by 8 p.m. (or at least 5 hours after initial question responses are distibuted). Candidate may choose which candidates to address in their rebuttals and may even submit "I have no further comments."

August

  • XX - Candidates sent informational letter on upcoming E-Debate, asked to confirm interest in participating pending agreement with E-Debate rules and format
  • XX - Primary campaign contacts for E-Debates identified - complete contact details including mobile phone number and wireless e-mail information collected
  • XX - Letter to potential media/online partners drafted and sent

September

  • XX - Call for volunteers
  • 12 - Election Primary
  • 13 - Confirmation e-mail sent to all remaining candidates on the ballot
  • XX - Public asked to submit questions over next week

October

  • XX - Four up to 400 word responses w/ mandatory rebuttals (no word/time limit) questions crafted from submitted questions - This debate will include 2 questions that are specifically broadband/Internet policy related
  • XX - Eight Short answer questions selected "SAQ" - 100 word limit
  • XX - Candidate audio interviews via telephone/Skype for "getting to know podcasts"
  • XX - Public relations blitz
  • XX - IDEA - Pre-Debate Minnesota Podcaster Interviews - with citizens on what they want to hear from the candidates in the election/in the e-debate - Based on volunteer interest
  • XX - IDEA - Campaign YouTube training for optional video recording of candidate open statements, responses, and rebuttals. This will be optional and can be done post-text deadline.
  • XX- Pre-debate audio interview podcasts released


THE E-DEBATE

Four long form questions in text (with YouTube video option) and option for telephone rebuttals called in by candidates to voicemail system, 9 short answer questions

Half the total questions will be broadband/internet/telecommunications related.

WEEK ONE

  • 09 (Mon) - Opening Statements (Video Option via YouTube), Q1 Response Morning - SAQ 1 Afternoon
  • 10 (Tue) - Q1 Rebuttal Morning - SAQ 2 Afternoon - Rebuttal via text or telephone recorded audio option
  • 11 (Wed) - Q2 Response Morning - SAQ 3 Afternoon
  • 12 (Thu) - Q2 Rebuttal Morning - SAQ 4 Afternoon
  • 13 (Fri) - SAQ 5 and 6 Morning, Voter Voices Launch:
    • Online citizen conversations open across partner forums, new E-Democracy MN-POLITICS forum
    • IDEA: Blogger debate analysts panel response (possible with volunteer interest)
    • Voter Voices - video responses via YouTube
    • Voter Voices - audio responses via Odeo voicemail, regular voicemail?
  • 14 (Sat)
  • 15 (Sun)

WEEK TWO

  • 16 (Mon) - Q3 Response - SAQ 7 Afternoon
  • 17 (Tue) - Q3 Rebuttal Morning - SAQ 8 Afternoon
  • 18 (Wed) - Q4 Response - SAQ 9 Afternoon
  • 19 (Thu) - Q4 Rebuttal Morning - SAQ 10 Afternoon - Closing Statement
  • 20 (Fri) - Best of the Citizen Reponse Promoted


Some timeline info from 2000 ...


Jan 20 PLANNING MEETING

Jan 20 Deadline: Make contact with all Major Campaigns

Jan 20 Deadline: E-mail info to possible Media/Civic Partners

Jan 27 PLANNING MEETING

Jan 28 Mail Official Invitation To Candidates

Jan 31 Deadline: Compile List of Media Fax Numbers

Jan 31 Deadline: Draft Of Pre-Debate Pre Release

Jan 31 Deadline: Move E-mail Addresses To MN-Forum

Feb 2 Fax: Pre-Debate Press Release (Solicitation Of Questions)

Feb 3 PLANNING MEETING

Feb 4 Deadline:

Feb 7-8 Virtual Door-knocking (Asking For Questions)

Feb 7-16 Voting For Topics

Feb 10 PLANNING MEETING

Feb 11 Deadline For Candidates To Register For Debate

Feb 14 Deadline: Draft Pre-release For Debate

Feb 16 Fax Press Release For Debate

Feb 16-18 More Virtual Door-knocking For Debate

Feb 17 PLANNING MEETING

Feb 17 Deadline: Select Topics and Write Long Answer Questions

Feb 18 Send First Two Questions To Campaigns

Feb 21 DEBATE BEGINS

 

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