Originally Posted by 76Highboy
Where I draw the line is if a candidate believes in abortion I will not vote for them. But what I have found is my candidates line up with my beliefs fairly close.
I agree, in most instances.
Over here, all the parties seem to be tarred with the same brush in the issues that matter to me, so it's harder to find a good party to vote for. Here we don't vote for candidates for offices. We vote for parties. My UK ballot paper has boxes for each party that has a candidate running in my area. The leader of the party that wins the most seats in parliament gets to be prime minister, or in the case of Scotland, First Minister.
We do vote for county councillors and community councillors by name.
Just a little cross cultural civics lesson, FWIW.