Be an Informed Early Voter – Early voting for the August 26 Primary Election will be available in ALL Florida counties beginning Saturday, August 16
Each election cycle, the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops conducts the Candidate Questionnaire Project to assist Catholics and the broader community with the obligation to become informed voters. Being familiar with candidates’ positions on issues involving human life, dignity and the common good is essential to responsible, faithful citizenship.
All U.S. Congressional and Florida gubernatorial and legislative candidates appearing on the 2014 ballot have been invited to participate in a questionnaire regarding their positions on eight public policy issues of concern to the Church. Although the questionnaires do not address every area of concern, care has been taken to identify those issues likely to be acted on by lawmakers during the coming term. In addition to their positions on the issues, candidates have been given the opportunity to include brief comments on each question. Candidate positions are gathered for informational purposes only and are not used for endorsement of any candidate or political party.
Whether on Election Day, during early voting or by absentee ballot, casting our votes responsibly requires us to be informed. When it comes to marking the ballot, reconciling politics with the basic values of the Gospel and the tenets of our Catholic faith can be difficult. If we take the time to inquire where the candidates stand on issues that are important to us, we are better prepared to address this challenge.