How Should I Vote? (Part 3)

March 8, 2000

With the primary elections just a week away, I wanted to pass on some principles you should consider before you cast your vote. The last two days we have looked at four principles. Here are some final principles.

First, consider the arena of a candidateís influence. In other words, what policies and positions will a candidate address if elected? A candidate for school board will not be dealing with foreign policy. So it really doesnít matter what a school board candidate may feel about trade policy with China. In an ideal world it would be wonderful if the candidates were right on all the issues. But a wise voter will focus on the issues within a candidateís sphere of influence.

Second, donít feel it is immoral to vote for the best candidate. Sometimes I will have people say we should not vote for the lesser of two evils. I agree with the statement if indeed you have two truly evil candidates. But I disagree if there is a significant difference between the candidates on key issues. In an ideal world, we would always like to vote for perfect candidates. But we donít live in an ideal world.

In one sense, we always vote for the lesser of two evils. In every election and in every race, I vote for the lesser of two evils. Since I have never run for office, I can say that every time I vote for a candidate, I vote for someone with whom I have some disagreement. Iíve voted for lots of pro-life, pro-family candidates, but Iíve always had some disagreement with them. But that didnít stop me for voting for them. I voted for the best of the two candidates, and you should do the same.

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