Election and Political Activities Resources for use by diocean parishes
***Updated October 2014 ***
In addition to the election resources already on this page, below are additional resources for your use regarding the November 4 General Election. Also, please promote and encourage others to visit the diocese's election page at www.diocesepb.org/election for more information.
New Resource #1: Candidate Questionnaire Project Bulletin Announcements
The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops recommends publishing the following announcements in parish bulletins on the Sundays leading to the General Election.
New Resource #2 - Candidate Questionnaire Project hyperlink
Share the Candidate Questionnaire Project! The FCCB has provided on its website candidate answers for each diocese in the Florida. Click here to view the page online or copy this link to email to others: http://www.flaccb.org/CQP/2014/summaries.html
New Resource #3 - Amendment 2 - Medical Use of Marijuana
One of the issues Florida voters will be asked to vote upon on Election Day is Amendment 2 which would allow the “use of marijuana for certain medical conditions.” The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops encourages all voters to take a closer look at the amendment.
Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops urges voters to carefully assess the risks involved with legalizing marijuana through an amendment to the Florida Constitution.
New Resource #4 - Bishops Statement
The Florida Bishops have issued a statement encouraging Catholic faithful to form their consciences and vote in the upcoming election on November 4.
In addition to the above, please be aware of the following to assist you in promotion of voting:
Information posted July 2014
Upcoming Election Dates
PRIMARY ELECTION – August 26
GENERAL ELECTION – November 4
Resource #1: Wording for Early Voter Registration Deadline Approaching for the Primary Election
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.
Resource #2: Candidate Questionnaire Project Bulletin Announcements
These are the bulletin announcements related to the Candidate Questionnaire Project as mentioned in Bishop Barbarito's letter to parishes. The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops recommends publishing the following announcements in parish bulletins beginning three Sundays before both the Primary and General Elections. Parishes may choose from the three sample announcements provided or use all three.
Recommended publication before the Primary Election: August 10 – August 24
Recommended publication before the General Election: October 19 – November 2
Resource #3: Election and Policitical Activities Guide
Resource #4: Hyperlink to online postings of response from candidates
As the Florida Catholic Conference recieves response from candidates, they will be posted on the FCCB website. Keep checking the link for updates. Here is the hyperlink: http://www.flaccb.org/CQP/2014/candidates.html