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Texas Atheist Group Releases Voters Guide for 2010

Press release issued: October 18, 2010

The Atheist Community of Austin, a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization has released the results of its 2010 candidate questionnaire survey at their website:

The 2010 Voters' Guide is a survey of candidates running for offices voted on by Texans in the 2010 general election. The questionnaire consists of 24 position statements and candidates were asked to rank the strength of their agreement/disagreement with each.

The ACA is conducting and publishing this survey as part of a non-partisan educational effort in line with our missions of education, defending the Constitutional separation of church and state, and promoting positive atheism.

The particular positions statements represent some of the issues and concerns that, while certainly of interest to members of the secular community, are valuable to all voters in determining the candidate that can best represent their positions.

ACA President, Matt Dillahunty, noted that more than 400 surveys were submitted to candidates yet, "...many candidates didn't feel the need to send a response while others returned the questionnaire without responding to any of the positions listed. The atheist and secular community continues to be freely disregarded by the overwhelming majority of candidates and elected officials who are duty-bound to represent the interests of all constituents. While the responses that we received should prove useful to voters, I hope that voters also consider those candidates who did not reply and ask themselves and those candidates why they were disinclined to respond to simple position statements."

The questionnaire covered First Amendment, education and civil rights issues and is available at the ACA website in multiple formats, including summaries.

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