Our country is at a crossroads. What the voters in Arkansas decide between now and May 18 will play a huge role in determining our government’s direction, both at the state and federal level—if only because the candidates you vote for during the primaries could go on to the general election in November.
However, with so many candidates vying for your vote, how are you to decide which ones best represent your values? Family Council’s non-partisan voter resource for 20 years, The Arkansas Voter’s Guide, can help you cut through the noise by showing you exactly where candidates stand on the issues.
This year, 72% of the candidates with a primary race in Arkansas completed our comprehensive, 13-question survey, which addresses issues like health care reform, abortion, taxes, illegal immigration, and so on. Go to ArkansasVotersGuide.com to find our online guide or order free copies of our print guide for your church, organization, or family by calling Family Council at 501-375-7000.
I think you’ll find both our online and print guides helpful and easy to navigate, but I’d like to quickly highlight what makes ArkansasVotersGuide.com so valuable:
1) The Custom Ballot: You can create your own custom ballot, complete with the candidates most likely to appear on your ballot. Instead of having to do guesswork, your candidates are automatically generated by entering your city and zip code in a form on the website.
2) Video Interviews: We conducted video interviews with most of Arkansas’ U.S. House and U.S. Senate candidates. This is a unique way for you to get to know the candidates a little better.
3) Voting Records: If a current candidate served in the Arkansas Legislature between 2005 and 2009, his or her voting records are accessible.
4) Judicial Candidates: Trying to decide on candidates for various court positions can be confusing, so we created a separate survey for them to answer. Many judicial candidates responded, including those running for Arkansas Supreme Court.
There is much more to discover on ArkansasVotersGuide.com, so be sure to spend some time on it.
One last thing: You’ll definitely want to visit the website after the May 18 primary election. We’ll be shifting into general election gear once the primary is over, meaning our voter’s guide will look quite different. We’ll also be publishing a print version for the general election, so you’ll have the opportunity to order copies of that as well.
Together, we can fight for transparency in the political process by demanding that candidates come into the light. Thank you for being such active citizens who are dedicated to making Arkansas, and the United States, a better place to live and raise a family.
Josh Mesker is the policy analyst for Family Council, a conservative education and research organization based in Little Rock, Arkansas.