Tomorrow is Election Day, and that means that people all over America will be turning out to vote for officials who will represent their interests in government.

The idea that people should be able to choose who leads them is still a relatively new one, when you think about it. When you consider the hundreds of millions of people who have walked the earth over the millennia, very few of them were ever given the opportunity to choose who would rule them.

I wonder sometimes what oppressed citizens from centuries past would say if they knew there were people alive today who have the right to vote for their rulers, but choose not to. I wonder what they would think if they knew there were voters in this state who cast their votes carelessly without thinking about the kind of person they may be electing to office.

The fact that we get to pick and choose our leaders is not something we should take for granted or take lightly. It’s absolutely important that we elect people who truly reflect our values and will represent us appropriately. That’s why Family Council began publishing the Arkansas Voter’s Guide more than 20 years ago.

If you have not already done so, please go to to find out who will appear on your ballot and where they stand on the issues. The people you will be electing tomorrow will represent you for the next few years, but it only takes a few minutes of reading to determine whether or not they are the ones you want for the job.

Please go to right now—and encourage your friends and family members to do the same before they go vote. By casting informed votes tomorrow, I’m confident none of us will wake up with buyer’s remorse on Wednesday.