Former House Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neill Jr. was fond of telling the story about a longtime neighbor, Elizabeth O’Brien, who felt slighted by O’Neill’s failure to ask her for her vote in his first campaign. In the story, as recalled in a “virtual exhibit” by the Burns Library at Boston College, the neighbor told O’Neill: “Tom, I’m going to vote for you tomorrow even though you didn’t ask me.” When a surprised O’Neill responded that he didn’t think he had to ask for her vote, O’Brien replied: “Tom, let me tell you something: People like to be asked.”
So, we’re asking you: Will you vote for us for a 2012 Webby People’s Voice award?
The annual Webby Awards competition — now in its 16th year — honors the best websites, mobile apps, online film and video, and interactive advertising. It presents two honors: the judges’ award and the People’s Voice award. We won the 2011 judges’ award for best political website, but not the People’s Voice award. Until last year, we had won the People’s Voice award for four straight years, from 2007 to 2010. But that streak was snapped when we finished a close second to NPR.org. We have been nominated again this year, and we ask for your support.
If you agree with our mission of holding politicians accountable and support what we do, you can cast your ballot for factcheck.org from among five finalists in the Politics category on the Webby Awards ballot page. (To find us quickly, you can click on the “jump to a category” tab. We can be found under the “Society” category for “Politics.”)
As always, thanks for your support.
Update, April 18: Many of you have reported difficulty casting a vote in the Webby People’s Voice competition. This link should take you directly to the “Politics” ballot, where you can find us and cast your vote. However, you must register to vote. Look for the “Sign up to vote” link in the upper right-hand corner of the page.