Record your comments with the Marketplace "Your Economy, Your Voice" audio recorder.
Record your comments with the Marketplace "Your Economy, Your Voice" audio recorder. - 

Over the next 10 months as the 2012 election season goes from primaries to a two-candidate race to election day, Marketplace is taking a different approach to how we cover the election. Forget the play-by-play horse race, we want to talk about the economy.

What are the most important economic issues on your mind this election year? How will they influence your vote? How do the candidates stack up when it comes to their approach to confronting these issues?

Submit your Sound
To support our reporting, we're reaching out as far as we can to hear from real people on the ground. So we've created the Marketplace "Your Economy, Your Voice" audio recorder widget above. In three simple steps you can record your comments and send them to us right from your desktop using the built-in microphone in your computer.

The widget is powered by a free service called SoundCloud, a web startup with 10 million members that calls itself "the YouTube of audio." To contribute your audio, simply click the "REC" button in your web browser (works best in Firefox or Chrome, not so much in Internet Explorer or Safari). Then start talking into the built-in microphone on your computer (yes, most likely you have a built-in mic)

To submit your final sound, you'll need to sign up for a SoundCloud account. This is a painless step that you can do either with your Facebook login, or by creating a new account with your email address and a password.

Other ways to contribute
Our goal is to hear from as many people around the country as we can find, so if you can't make our widget work there are a few other ways to send us a comment. Type in your answers and send them to us via the Marketplace Public Insight Network. Or give us a call and leave a message on our voice mailbox (number coming soon). And at the very least, post a comment below.

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