We write regularly about the importance of voter education. It is not enough for people simply to vote; people must vote wisely.
Candidates for President are already making plenty of headlines. In Arkansas, candidates will file for office in less than two weeks. As the 2016 election season approaches, we wanted to take a moment to talk about an often-overlooked resource: party platforms.
Arkansas currently has four registered political parties, according the Secretary of State’s website:
- The Democratic Party of Arkansas
- The Green Party of Arkansas
- The Libertarian Party of Arkansas
- The Republican Party of Arkansas
Each political party has a platform–a set of beliefs to which it holds. While not every candidate adheres 100% to his or her party’s platform, party platforms are an excellent way voters can understand a little more about the kinds of candidates who run for office.
Below is the preamble of each party’s platform and a link to the entire platform. I strongly encourage you to read each party’s platform; it may help you decide which party or candidate most closely aligns with your values. (more…)