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 our ballots, reconciling politics with the 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 key issues, we are better prepared to address this challenge.
The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops has long conducted the Candidate Questionnaire Project to assist Catholics and the broader community with the obligation to become informed voters. Knowing where the candidates stand on matters concerning human life and dignity and the advancement of the common good is essential to responsible faithful citizenship.
Each election cycle, all U.S. Congressional, Florida gubernatorial and Florida legislative candidates appearing on the ballot in the Primary and/or General Elections are invited to participate in a questionnaire. Candidates are asked to identify whether they support or oppose a range of issues that are important to our faith community. 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 will be given the opportunity to include brief comments on each question.
Materials prepared as part of the Candidate Questionnaire Project are approved by the bishops of Florida for use in parish bulletins or diocesan publications. Surveys or polls by outside organizations are not approved for distribution by Church entities unless prior approval has been granted by the local diocesan bishop or the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Candidate positions on issues are gathered for informational purposes only and are not used for endorsement of any candidate or political party.