Sunday, October 19, 2014
November 2014 General Election: Why Local Elections Matter
On the eve of early voting in a mid-term general election, I'm writing this to remind you of how important elections really are and how doing your homework on the candidates that are listed on the ballot can make a huge difference in the outcomes of court cases and policy decisions that are made. Putting liberty minded, conservative candidates into elected positions is a HUGE start! All the candidates on the ballot have websites and they would love to hear from you! Ask the tough questions and decide for yourself. Don't rely on the slate mailers, dubbed pay to play by myself and many other local bloggers. Read my write up about them here and another local blogger called Rhymes With Right, whom I just become acquainted with, writes about them and other local issues here. Another local blogger, Pondering Penguin has even written about pay to play on a state level and you can check it out here.
Now, granted, some of this may be more useful during a primary, but I still think it's important to know who you're electing. You might be saying, it's too late, early voting starts tomorrow! To that I say, it's only too late if you wait to make up your mind on November 5th. Now, I have been part of the liberty movement for the past five years or so and been part of several organizations. One of which was my own group called Katy Mommy Patriots and while we were a group, we put together a few research projects. First is a document called, 'Who Are These People?' Just a basic job description of local elected officials in Harris County. I don't know about you, but keeping track of what the District Clerk does versus the County Clerk does can make my head hurt. So we put together a guide to help keep all of it straight. Your welcome!
The next project was one called 'How to Vet a Candidate' and it is also a great resource on different ways to gather information to make an informed decision on who to vote for. The two worked really well together, actually. I hope you find both of them helpful.
There are a myriad of candidates on the ballot; many statewide offices are up for grabs; Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Comptroller, Attorney General to name a few. We also find ourselves voting for lots of judges as well; family court judges, supreme court justices for the state of Texas, etc.
Seeing all of these positions to be chosen, important ones at that, I hope you will answer the call to get out and vote. Your voice counts, make it heard. Early voting starts tomorrow and goes until October 31st and election day is November 4th. If you want freedom, in its simplest form, then why not take an active role during an election?