March 2010 Voter’s Guide

For those of you who live outside Texas please forgive this post. We are having an important election and I feel it is important we vote in the right folks.

Five Voting Tips

Here are some general principles use:

  1. Don’t vote because you recognize the name. If you recognize their name, they were probably a hooligan caught in some scandal. Or they are the richest candidate. Or the press likes them the most. All bad reasons.
    • If you don’t know anything about either candidate don’t vote for either one.
    • Don’t water down the votes of the informed voters.
  2. Print out a sample ballot before you go to the polls. You don’t want to be surprised by a race you don’t recognize. To find your sample ballot just google “YourCountyName County Sample Ballot.” Here are two you may find helpful:
  3. Vote early. Chances are something will happen on election day and you won’t get around to voting. Make sure you vote by voting early.
  4. The challenger is generally safer than the incumbent. Elected officials tend to compromise the longer they stay in office. The challenger who has yet to compromise and is often the safer bet.
  5. Bring someone with you to the polls. Most Christians only vote once every two years for president. They don’t realize that was the least important election of the year. Your friends probably don’t know about the election. Bring a friend and double your vote.

My Voting Philosophy

I vote pro-life first, if the race effects life and most do.

Then, I tend to pick:

Statewide Races

Here are my picks:

  • Governor: Rick Perry & Debra Medina (I will be personally voting for Debra Medina)
  • Supreme Court Place 3: Rick Green
  • Supreme Court Place 9: Eva Guzman
  • Railroad Commissioner: Victor Carrillo
  • Full Voters Guide

Full Voter’s Guide

I put together a one page voters guide you can take with you into the voting booth. It has local races as well as state wide races. If it doesn’t have all your candidates see the resources below.

Helpful Voting Resources

These are some of the resources I used to put together my voting guide.

What Do You Think?

  • Do you agree with my picks?
  • Why?
  • Have you voted yet?

Thomas Umstattd Jr. is the author of Courtship in Crisis, the former head of, and co-founder of the Austin Rhetoric Club, a homeschool speech and debate club in Austin, Texas. He is a professional speaker and CEO of Author Media. He sits on the board of directors for several nonprofits, including the Texas Alliance for Life.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

5 thoughts on “March 2010 Voter’s Guide

  1. Hello Thomas,

    Would you kindly direct me to a web site or forward list of “who” to vote for. I wish to vote only for pro-life, pro-Isreal, and of course fiscally responsible candidates.

    The sites I have visited only have blank responses or terribly limited info. I wish a blank ballot for family to follow with the preferred candidates selected (as do friends also seeking this info.)

    Thank you ,

    Mary E. Williamson

    Harvard, Ma 01451

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