Are you excited about this year's election? There seems to be more of a buzz around the 2016 presidential election than in years past. The big day is almost here as the presidential election will be held on Tuesday, November 8.
Before Americans cast their ballots, they have the chance to compare candidates when they exchange ideas during three debates. This year, you have the chance to get involved with the debates as social media will play a large role.
The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) recently announced that Facebook and Google will help moderators come up with debate questions. They will let the moderators know what people are searching for and saying about the candidates and issues before the debates.
Facebook will also source questions from its users for the town hall debate scheduled for October 9. The moderators will then decide which of those questions to ask the candidates. The CPD says the goal is to "engage the American public in substantive conversations before, during and after the debates."
People on campus at the universities hosting the debates, along with students and members of the media, will be broadcasting on Facebook Live to show what's happening on site. People around the world will be able to watch on Facebook, ask questions and give their reactions by commenting. There will also be an interactive touch screen to show the conversation about the candidates and issues on Facebook.
There will be three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate. They will all air from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. All the major news networks are offering a free live stream as will Twitter and YouTube.
Here is the debate schedule:
- Monday, September 26, 2016 - First presidential debate located at Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y.
- Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - Vice presidential debate located at Longwood University, Farmville, Va.
- Sunday, October 9, 2016 - Second presidential debate located at Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Mo.
- Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - Third presidential debate located at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nev.
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