Each election cycle, the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops (FCCB) conducts the Candidate Questionnaire Project 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.
All U.S. Congressional and Florida Legislative candidates appearing on the ballot in the Primary and/or General Elections are invited to participate. 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 proposals that may be acted on by lawmakers during the coming term. In addition to their positions on the issues, candidates are 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 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 responses are posted in two formats: 1) lists of all candidates on the primary and general election ballots; and 2) primary election candidates in table format by diocese, which replaces the bulletin inserts developed in the past.
Candidate positions on issues are gathered for informational purposes only and are not used for endorsement of any candidate or political party.