Although 2020 has been a year of surprises and what’s next, one project is predictably — and thankfully — available for all of Florida’s voters.
Each election cycle, the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops conducts the Candidate Questionnaire Project, also known as the CQP, to assist Catholics and the broader community with the obligation to become active citizens and 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.
“Catholic faithful are called to political engagement shaped by the moral convictions of well-formed consciences and focused on the dignity of every human being, the pursuit of the common good, and the protection of the weak and the vulnerable,” the conference stated in a bulletin announcement sent to all Catholic parishes.
This year’s election dates are Aug. 18 (primary) and Nov. 3 (general). Everything anyone needs to gather from the CQP is conveniently located at the website for the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops — www.flaccb.org/cqp. The website offers links to finding district numbers across the state and to all the county supervisors of elections. There is also a downloadable pdf of early voting locations, dates and times for Florida’s Aug. 18 primary election.
Candidate responses are also available at www.flaccb.org/cqp. Responses are posted in two formats. The first option lists of all candidates on the primary and general election ballots — which are generated when a website user presses the buttons marked — “All congressional candidates,” “All Florida senate candidates” and “All Florida house candidates. Candidates are listed in two colors — black and red. Those marked in red have answered the questionnaire and viewers can see the responses. When visitors click a candidate in red, a downloadable PDF lists the questions and responses, along with any text candidates were afforded to include about why they responded as they did. Text responses were optional.
The other option is to see primary election candidates in a table format by diocese. The responses from the candidates are delineated in easy-to-follow tables that are separated by district number. Again, candidate in red are those who answered the questionnaire, and responses are presented table. Their names are also a link to the same downloadable PDF listed above.
For more information about the CQP and frequently asked questions about it, the Florida Catholic is offering information readers a two-part series. This week focuses on frequently asked questions about project.
The first part of the series includes frequently asked questions, which is available by clicking HERE.
The second part of the series delves into the questions themselves — why they are important and why they were formulated. That story is available by clicking HERE.
Before you cast your vote, visit the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops election resource page — www.flaccb.org/election-materials-and-guidelines.
Other important sites to visit are…
• Voter Information Look-up from the Florida Division of Elections allows voters to: