By Catholic Review Staff
Every election year, the Maryland Catholic Conference surveys the state’s candidates for the U.S. Congress about their positions on issues of interest to Catholics. The Conference surveyed all primary election candidates earlier this year and then followed-up with the winning candidates in the fall. The candidates were asked to either “Agree” or “Disagree” with a list of issue statements. A blank response to a statement means the candidate did not choose a position. In addition, candidates were given the opportunity to share a brief written statement on why Catholics should vote for them.
Each candidate received the survey by email five times and received at least three follow-up phone calls.
The Maryland Catholic Conference does not endorse or oppose any candidate, under any circumstance, and no inference of endorsement or opposition should be concluded as a result of the information provided.
Sixty-one percent of candidates surveyed for the general election responded to the survey. Responses from all of Maryland’s candidates may be found on the Maryland Catholic Conference’s website.
The general election is Tuesday, November 6. Early voting centers will be open starting Oct. 27 through Thursday Nov. 1. Visit http://www.elections.state.md.us/voting/early_voting.html for more information and for locations.
To find your state and federal congressional districts, go to the Maryland Catholic Conference website (mdcathcon.org/registertovote), click on “Find Your Legislator” navigation button, and input your address.