How Should I Vote? (Part 1)

March 6, 2000

With the primary just a week away, I wanted to pass on some principles you should consider before you cast your vote.

First, be an informed voter. There simply is no excuse for not being informed on the candidates and the issues. Numerous groups publish voterís guides that provide a comprehensive summary of how the candidates stand on issues and how they have voted in the past. Take the time to look at a number of these guides since they represent various perspectives.

Second, consider a candidateís character. Issues are important, but so is character. Marvin Olasky in his recent book American Leadership Tradition demonstrates that character does matter. Presidents without a good moral character deceived the American people and put this country in jeopardy. Consider a candidatesís character as you cast your vote.

Third, consider a candidateís chances of success. In any given election there will probably be more than two candidates. But a responsible voter needs to ask if there is a reasonable chance that any of the third party candidates will win. While you certainly can decide to vote for a candidate that will not be elected, remember that you will not affect the outcome of the election. The impact will be about the same as if you put your name on the ballot at a write-in candidate.

As you cast your ballot make sure you consider the candidate, the candidateís character, and the candidateís stand on the issues. You have an awesome responsibility to cast an intelligent vote and make a difference. Christians should vote intelligently and with discernment.

Cast your vote for candidates that stand for integrity and take bold stands on important issues. And may God bless your vote.

Iím Kerby Anderson of Probe Ministries, and thatís my opinion.