Managing Editor's Note: Kelli Ann has kindly supplied all the info you need to vote if you'll please scroll through the post. If you have your own change.gov letter, please run the link to it in our comments so readers can consider voting for it too. I know many of our readers are actively engaged in the process. Thanks. KS
By Kelli Ann Davis
Vote to Promote Change in 2009
Yesterday morning, I received an e-mail from John Podesta at “Change.gov: The Office of the President-Elect” encouraging me to join with others in submitting and/or voting on questions I thought important for the Transition Team to address: “We recently launched a new feature on Change.gov called Open for Questions. Thousands of you responded, asking 10,000 questions and voting nearly a million times on questions from others. Now that we've answered some of the most popular ones from the last round, we are open for questions again. Ask whatever you like, and vote up or down on the other questions to let us know which ones you most want the Transition to answer.”
The latest outreach project “Open for Questions: Round Two” follows closely behind two other initiatives undertaken in recent weeks by President-Elect Obama – “Your Seat at the Table” and “Health Care Community Discussions” (HERE). Apparently, his administration is moving towards greater transparency and public involvement and evidently it is working; twenty-seven hours later, 39,000 questions have been submitted and 2,000,000 votes have been cast!
Recently, Generation Rescue hand-delivered the following document to the Transition Team (Read it HERE) outlining our high priority issues for autism. We also requested a formal meeting with the new administration in order to discuss the key issues in detail.
In an effort to ensure this meeting takes place and as follow up to our initial contact with the Transition Team, I’m asking the community to join us in our advocacy work by voting to make the following question a top contender during “Open for Questions: Round Two” segment for public input:
"Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey were named 2008 Couple of the Year (HERE) due to their advocacy work for Generation Rescue. Why hasn't the Transition Team made autism a top priority and sat down with the leaders of this organization?"
• Click HERE
• Click “Sign In” to create new account
• In the search box type in “Generation Rescue”
• Click on the check mark next to the question
Remember, every vote counts! The top twenty questions range from 10,000 votes to 1,600 votes so it won’t take much to get our question within this range!
Also, please vote as soon as you can – I don’t know when they will close the polls.
Thanks for your help and I will keep the community updated on any further developments.
Kelli Ann Davis is the D.C. Political Liaison for Generation Rescue. Special thanks to Rescue Angel Julie Obradovic for her help on the document.