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What are ballot recommendations?

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Ballot recommendations are advice issued by interested parties to the general public regarding how to vote on a particular ballot measure or for whom one should vote in a given race. Interest groups, such as the conservative grassroots activist organization Americans for Prosperity, and newspaper editorial boards typically issue recommendations.

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The editorial board of a given newspaper, composed of opinion writers for that paper, typically pays attention to the campaigns of, and policies proposed by, candidates for a given office. After deliberation as a body and interviews with the candidates themselves, editorial boards select the candidates they wish to promote to the public. In Texas, for instance, major newspapers in the state issued recommendations for whom readers should vote in the November 2014 elections for offices such as Governor, Attorney General and Commissioner of the General Land Office.

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