Every election cycle, candidates make promises to their constituents – but many times those promises are rarely fulfilled. To make matters worse, once in office, politicians have a 90+% chance for re-election - which is why the swamp never gets drained.
We (the voters) keep repeating this insane cycle. It's like when Lucy promises to hold the football for Charlie Brown, and then pulls it away at the last second. We know exactly what will happen, but Charlie Brown falls for the same false promise every time.
And when it comes to voting, we are a lot like Charlie Brown. We don't have that same clarity when we cast our votes – and fall for the same unfulfilled promises every election.
This is a never-ending cycle that needs to end.
That's why you need to ask your candidates specific questions that are important to you. Only then, will you get specific answers that will provide you with better insights as to how well they align with your concerns and positions.
Here are two questionnaires in PDF format that you can download and use as you like: one for state office candidates, and the second for federal office candidates. They were written by the Government Integrity Project a few months ago. Feel free to use them, re-write them, put your name/logo on them, or develop your own.
The bottom line... make sure to ask your candidates specific questions that are important to you. Only then, will you be in a position to cast an informed vote!