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 become familiar with the candidates’ positions on issues of importance to us, we are better prepared to address this challenge.
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. Knowing where the candidates stand on issues concerning human life and dignity and the advancement of the common good is essential to responsible faithful citizenship.
All U.S. Congressional and Florida gubernatorial and legislative candidates appearing on the ballot in the primary and/or general elections have been invited to participate in a questionnaire. Candidates have been asked to identify whether they support or oppose a range of issues of importance 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 and the governor during the coming term.Candidate positions on issues are gathered for informational purposes only and are not used for endorsement of any candidate or political party.
We have just begun to receive responses from candidates. Candidates running in the Primary Election have until July 29 to submit their responses. The deadline for General Election candidates is October 7. Responses are posted on our website as they are received: http://www.flaccb.org/CQP/2014/candidates.html. Please check back often as additonal responses are received and posted.
Bulletin inserts with all responses received by the deadlines will be made available on our website. Inserts for the Primary Election will be available July 31, and for the General Election, October 9.
Voter Registration Deadline Approaching for the Primary Election
All voters must be registered by July 28 in order to vote in the August 26 Primary Election. Citizens have a right and a duty to participate in the electoral process. Parishioners who are not registered to vote for the upcoming elections are encouraged to do so. This can be accomplished by visiting the website of the Florida Division of Elections, http://election.dos.state.fl.us/voter-registration/voter-reg.shtml. Follow the instructions for completing and mailing a voter registration form. You will receive a voter registration card in the mail to confirm your registration. Follow this same procedure to update your name or address or change your party affiliation.