Providing easy access to voting records

Mar. 08, 2013 @ 05:28 AM

The amount of votes that the North Carolina General Assembly will make during this session could number in the hundreds.

And there are a lot of readers of The Daily Courier that are very interested in how their local lawmakers vote on the various issues.

Earlier this week, The Daily Courier added a pair of sections to its website with the intent of providing that voting information.

We have created pages for Rep. Mike Hager and Sen. Ralph Hise that show all of the votes tallied during the long session, how each of them voted on the various measures and the outcome of the particular legislation that they voted on.

In addition, links on the page allow readers to pull up the individual legislation and read the bills as they were filed.

Essentially, the page is information that is public and provided by the North Carolina General Assembly website.

The intent of the pages is not to pick out any particular vote or issue but to give readers all of the information needed to make their own determinations regarding what and how their local lawmakers vote.

This information, while plentiful, is important for readers to have at their disposal. Regardless of whether you favor the leanings or policies of the elected leaders, they should be held accountable by the paper and the public.

For those wondering about publishing the voting records of our representatives in Washington, D.C., that is also in the works.

The pages are easy to find and to navigate. In addition, links on The Daily Courier’s homepage will also be provided to help readers find the pages with little difficulty.

These pages are updated automatically by the North Carolina General Assembly’s website and will remain up through the duration of the long session.

Another page added to The Daily Courier’s website is called “Under the Dome.”

This page will include government and political news from Rutherford County to Washington, D.C. and Raleigh.

The page simply aggregates news content from the Associated Press, Daily Courier staff and other entities and is updated throughout the day.

All of these measures are not meant to provide an overload of government and political news but more to keep the readers informed of what the governments are doing.

We don’t tell you what or how to think. We only provide the tools that allow you to make an informed decision about what effects you.

We hope that you find the latest additions to The Daily Courier website valuable. And, rest assured, we are continuing to find other forms of public information to place in our print and digital products.

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board

 

The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark.