FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: NH Elections 2020 and Cornerstone Endorsements

Where can I find your 2020 endorsements? 

Our General Election endorsements can be found here:

How can I learn who my candidates are for the upcoming elections? 

The simplest way to know in advance what races you will be voting on is to download a sample ballot which will list all candidates running for office:

See the results of the September 8th Primary election here: https://sos.nh.gov/elections/elections/election-results/2020/

If you haven’t already, you can download your sample ballot

Look up your senate and representative district (and ward if you have one) by searching your polling location: https://app.sos.nh.gov/Public/PartyInfo.aspx  `

Alternatively, you can visit your city or town’s CITY or TOWN CLERK page, search for an Elections/Voter Information area, and look for a SAMPLE BALLOT, 

How do you decide which candidate to endorse? 

Endorsements are based on factors including but not limited to candidate surveys, voting records (for incumbents), and on consistency among surveys, votes, and general public conduct. 

In addition to where a candidate stands on our core issues we look at a primary candidate’s viability in the general election, including their ability to fundraise and build the organization and support necessary to win. For incumbents, we assess how well they’ve followed through on keeping their commitments to their voters. And, for all candidates, their public and private conduct is also part of the endorsement equation, including their presence on social media. Will this individual be able to navigate the often-heated environment of politics with the dignity and skill to effectively relate and communicate?

Does a candidate support the right to life? Do they have any exceptions to the right to life? Does a candidate support forcing you as a taxpayer to fund abortion, abortion providers, or gender reassignment? Does a candidate support New Hampshire children by offering parents true educational choice? Does the candidate welcome civic engagement from people of faith? 

Do you endorse for US Senate or US Congress? 

No. Because of our charter (we are registered as a state-level organization), Cornerstone cannot make endorsements at the federal level. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t help with some resources and information we think will be useful.

A good general resource for races and candidates, including links to their campaign and social media pages, is www.ballotpedia.org. Detailed election and candidate information on ivoterguide.com which is a conservative, values-based nonprofit organization for Judeo-Christian voters.

What positions do you have endorsements for? 

For election 2020, Cornerstone has chosen to commit its resources down the ballot. We believe the most critical races at the state level are to be found in the Executive Council, State Senate and State House. For this reason we are only endorsing these positions. 

Why aren’t my candidates listed on your endorsements? 

Cornerstone Action sets a high bar for endorsements. Not every candidate can clear it. We consider several factors, including voting records and responses to Cornerstone’s candidate survey, before we issue endorsements. 

Candidates on my ballot didn’t make your endorsement list, how do I know who to vote for/ who upholds my values? 

If your candidate isn’t listed on our endorsements, there are a number of ways to gather information on where they stand on the issues. 

Search social media and the web for information on candidates; look for any virtual or in-person meet-and-greets, or reach out to the candidates on your own, as there is no substitute for getting to know a candidate personally and asking them questions yourself such as: 


Does a candidate support the right to life? How about any exceptions? Does a candidate support forcing you as a taxpayer to fund abortion, abortion providers, or gender reassignment? Does a candidate support New Hampshire children by offering parents true educational choice? Does the candidate welcome civic engagement from people of faith? 

Of course, Cornerstone would love to hear from you after a candidate responds to your questions! 

Do you have a NH voter guide?

We do not have a traditional voter guide with every candidate for executive council, state senate, and state representative listed along with where they stand on our issues. Gathering this amount of information is a monumental challenge in our state. New Hampshire has a 424-member citizen legislature, larger than any other state plus the 5 executive council seats. Cornerstone sends out candidate surveys, but many candidates choose not to answer and not all candidates have a voting record as many have never held elective office before. This would make a traditional voter guide incomplete so instead, we choose to directly endorse and work for those candidates who most reflect our values.

For incumbent state representatives and senators, you can consult Cornerstone’s voter scorecard from the most recent legislative session or even review past scorecards for candidates who have served in the past.