ABC and CNN have agreed to consider asking some of the top 30 questions that voters choose online.
“Would you support requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales?” “Do you support expanding, and not cutting, Social Security’s modest benefits?” “As president, what are the steps you will take to address climate change?”
These are just three of the crowdsourced questions ABC and CNN moderators will consider asking presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at their town hall debate on Sunday night. The questions, which were posted on presidentialopenquestions.com for online voting, are a part of a larger effort to democratize the debate process, led by a coalition of Silicon Valley executives and a mix of progressive and conservative leaders.
The group, called the Open Debate Coalition, was created in 2008 by people like Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, Electronic Frontier Foundation Executive Director Cindy Cohn, Arianna Huffington and others.
It works much the same way Reddit does — users post questions for other users to vote on. But unlike Reddit, some of the top 30 questions may be answered by the next president of the United States.
To date, almost three million votes have been cast on almost 14,000 questions.
The debate starts at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT) on Sunday.