Election 2020

Statement from Bishop Felipe J. Estévez

On 2020 Voting Issues

*Note for pastors: This letter is to be read a weekend before the election.

Presidential Candidate Comparison

Compiled by the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops

In keeping with its mission, the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops (FCCB) aims to educate and inform Catholics about a wide range of issues. To help you make an informed vote this election, download this free candidate comparison chart.

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Candidate Questionnaire Project

Provided by the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Candidate Questionnaire Project assists Catholics and the broader community with the obligation of becoming active citizens and informed voters. Knowing where candidates stand on matters that concern human life and dignity and the advancement of the common good is essential to faithful citizenship.

Simply Catholic

Catholic citizenship and your vote.

As Catholic Americans our baptismal commitment to bear public witness to the values of Jesus Christ requires our active participation in the democratic life of our nation. Download this informative bulletin insert to help you respond to our choices in the current political landscape.

Key Election Dates

October 5

Last day to register to vote before general election.

October 19

Early voting begins (as early as Oct. 19 in some counties, but Oct. 24 in all counties).

October 24

Vote-by-mail ballot request deadline.

November 3

Election Day

As Catholics, we have a long tradition of engagement in the political process as a means of putting our faith into action. We are called to bring the best of ourselves and our faith to the public square—and yet today, many shy away from such involvement because our national and local conversations are filled with vitriol and harsh language, often directed at people themselves.  

When personal attacks replace honest debate, no one wins. This kind of attack, no matter the reason, only serves to further divide our communities.  As Catholics, we must model a better way. We invite you to join the Civilize It campaign by taking the pledge below as a way to promote civility, love our neighbors, and build community. 

Civilize It is about making room in your heart for those with whom you disagree. We are called to recognize that each one of us is a beloved child of God and to respond in love to that reality. Civilize It is a non-partisan call to focus on the dignity of all people, even when we disagree, and to put faith in action by bearing witness to a better way forward.

Resources

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility (English) (Spanish)

“Faithful Citizenship,” a talk by Father Timothy Cusick (Sept. 30, 2020) (Download Here)

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