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Stay Tuned: VCC to release Election 2017 Voter Ed Materials

September 7, 2017 by Jeff Caruso

Come to Election Day with essential tools for faithful citizenship: prayer, understanding and education

As Catholics, we are called to engage in the public square and work for the common good. On November 7, voters across Virginia are encouraged to head to the polls to cast ballots for state and local elections, which will include all three statewide offices and all 100 House of Delegates seats. Some absentee voters will begin casting their ballots weeks earlier.
In the coming weeks, the Virginia Catholic Conference will provide resources to help voters form their consciences by considering the principles and issues involved in the upcoming election, as well as learning where candidates stand on a wide range of important issues.
The voter education resources we’ll provide include:
  • Four Principles of Catholic Social Teaching: a summary of four principles of Catholic social teaching that should guide Catholics as they seek the common good in the public square during election season and beyond.
  • Know the Positions of the Candidates: side-by-side comparisons of where the candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general stand on issues, drawing from their campaign websites, voting records and news accounts.
  • Additional materials of interest to Catholics as they seek to be faithful citizens.
For now, we want to provide you with:
  • Guidelines for political activities for parishes and other Catholic entities here.
  • Additional materials from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) here.
NOTE: The dioceses of Richmond and Arlington authorize parishes to use only materials provided by the diocese, the Virginia Catholic Conference and the USCCB. Non-diocesan voter-education resources are not authorized for parish use.
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In prayer and in public, your voices are urgently needed to bring Gospel values to bear on vital decisions being made by those who represent you.
The Virginia Catholic Conference is the public policy agency representing Virginia’s Catholic bishops and their two dioceses.