General Election Voter Guide Released
DALLAS – Heritage Alliance’s free Texas voter guide is open for online viewing, and for the first time, research on all 560 candidates is available to the general public at www.txvoterguide.com.
Candidate grades A-F – awarded by panels of Heritage Alliance members, indicating confidence in each candidate’s conservatism – are available to members of Heritage Alliance.
“Our 30 panelists gathered public information on 560 candidates in contested races,” Michael Smith, Executive Vice President, said. “Then groups of 3-5 panelists reviewed those findings and assigned a letter grade to each candidate.
“The product is a concise voter guide that can be printed at home and taken into the voting booth. Voters wishing to do their own homework can see ours with just a click of the mouse.”
The Heritage Alliance Voter Guide covers all statewide and federal contests in 247 counties, and all the way down-ballot in some of Texas’ most populous counties: Bexar, Collin, Dallas, Denton, Harris, Tarrant, and Travis.
“With this guide, there is no need to wonder about a candidate whose name you don’t recognize,” said Smith. “You can click on our research, or take our grades as sound advice in choosing the conservative candidate.”
Volunteers combed candidate web sites, Facebook pages, and the Texas Ethics Commission and Federal Election Commission web sites. In some cases information may have appeared at those sites after the research window closed.
In grading each candidate, panelists considered (in order of importance):
§ Voting record (if any)
§ Donations to and from the candidate
§ Endorsements of and by the candidate
§ Statements from the candidate’s web site
§ Answers to Heritage Alliance’s survey
Although survey answers are least important, no candidate could receive an A grade without answering the survey.
Grades for state and county candidates are available to Heritage Alliance members. Membership is free. Federal election laws restrict the availability of grades for federal candidates (U.S. Congress) to Heritage Alliance members who have also contributed at least $1 in the past year.
Heritage Alliance is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit dedicated to restoring principles of free enterprise, limited government, limited taxation, and traditional Judeo-Christian heritage in government. Heritage Alliance does not support candidates and the Voter Guide should not be construed as support for or opposition to any candidate.