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VCC voter education materials are now available

Virginians will cast ballots Nov. 7 in several important elections: races for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, as well as for their local Virginia delegate seat. All these races are important. The Virginia Catholic Conference 2017 voter education materials, all available and printable at vacatholic.org, will help guide voters as they consider their ballots.


The VCC prepared three separate side-by-side comparisons of the positions of candidates for state offices: Know the Positions of the Candidates for Governor, Know the Positions of the Candidates for Lieutenant Governor and Know the Positions of the Candidates for Attorney General. Conference staff used policies, public statements, official campaign websites, party platforms and other sources to compile these documents to help voters understand where the candidates stand on important issues.

The issues do not represent a complete list of issues that may be of importance to Catholics.  The conference neither supports nor opposes candidates for public office.

As voters discern how to cast their ballots in the three statewide races as well as in local House of Delegates races, they are encouraged to consult the Four Principles of Catholic Social Teaching. Spanish translations of this and the side-by-side comparisons also are available. Information on who’s on the local ballots can be found at https://www.elections.virginia.gov/voter-outreach/whats-ballot.html.

Conference guidelines for political activities for parishes and other Catholic entities also can be found on the conference website.

The Dioceses of Richmond and Arlington authorize parishes to use only materials provided by the diocese, the Virginia Catholic Conference and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Non-diocesan voter-education resources are not authorized for parish use.


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017