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VOA Launches Election Website

VOA launches election website

Washington, D.C., August 26, 2008 – Voice of America (VOA) this week launched, an interactive election website offering an online meeting place where visitors worldwide can learn more about the historic U.S. presidential contest.

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"The website is tailored to meet the diverse needs of our international audience," said VOA Director Danforth W. Austin. "By engaging our online visitors directly, we hope to increase understanding about the U.S. electoral process and to respond to the tremendous interest this presidential election has generated throughout the world."

The site covers the entire U.S. presidential election process: the primaries, the Democratic and Republican Presidential Nominating Conventions, the November elections, and the first hundred days after the inauguration.

Online visitors can interact with VOA and others in the global community through discussion groups and election-related polls and can share audio and video files and photographs with friends.

Special sections highlight the presidential candidates in the 2008 U.S. elections as well as key issues of concern among the U.S. electorate, including foreign policy, immigration, health care, energy, and the economy. An electoral process timeline tracks the election process and an interactive slideshow provides facts about all U.S. presidents from George Washington to George W. Bush.

VOA is promoting the new website on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitterand is planning to expand it to other languages, such as Spanish, Chinese, and Persian.

VOA (, the largest U.S. international broadcaster, is fielding a team of nearly 90 reporters, technicians, producers, directors, and coordinators to create a radio, television, and Internet broadcast center at both conventions. Broadcasters from 26 of VOA’s 45 language services are providing virtually round-the-clock coverage.

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA ( broadcasts more than 1,250 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 134 million people. Programs are produced in 45 languages.

For more information, please contact VOA Public Relations at (202) 203-4959, or e-mail us at