Some candidates have a lot of money to spend on their campaigns, while others don't. What if a candidate has a strong stump speech but a weak wallet? How can a person with great qualities win if no one hears about them?
What makes a candidate qualified?
Each week we will select two readers-bloggers with sharp opinions about the election, voting and politics and present them with our "IN THE KNOW. IN THE VOTING BOOTH." award. These lucky students will receive cool string backpacks from the Times NIE department. So, get blogging!