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By The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops

Preparing for the Election

As Catholics, we bring the richness of our faith to the public square. We draw from both faith and reason as we seek to affirm the dignity of the human person and the common good of all.

October 10, 2022 | In keeping with its mission, the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops (FCCB) seeks to educate Catholics and provide resources to assist the faithful with their responsibility to participate in political life. To help inform voters, FCCB has developed a comparison between the positions of the two major-party candidates for Florida governor on a range of issues. The information has been compiled directly from policies, public statements, official or campaign websites, and other sources, as of September 13, 2022, for informational purposes only and does not serve as an endorsement of either candidate.

View the Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Comparison (English) | (Spanish)

This document is but one tool to help Catholics prepare for the election and is not a substitute for individual research and study. The issues that appear do not represent a complete list of issues that may be of importance to Catholics. The responsibility to make political choices rests with each individual in light of a properly formed conscience in accordance with human reason and the truths of our faith. The FCCB does not support or oppose candidates.

For more information on political responsibility, see Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States and additional resources located on the websites of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops.

2022 Voter Guide

Before voting, Catholics are called to consider a wide range of issues, weighing each according to its moral significance. Gaining familiarity with the candidates' positions on issues involving human life and dignity is essential to responsible, faithful citizenship. It is beneficial to research the ballot ahead of time and gather the facts for every proposal and race.

The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Voter Guide provides information about Catholic teaching, offers considerations on key topics, and poses questions regarding current issues to assist voters in evaluating candidate positions or political party platforms.

FCCB Voter Guide (English) | (Spanish)

FCCB Voter Guide Parish Bulletin Announcement (English and Spanish)

Listen to the Gubernatorial Candidate Comparison on FCCB's Catholics Across the Aisle Podcast

Listen to FCCB staff Michael Sheedy, executive director, and Michele Taylor, associate director for communications, as they talk through the stances of candidates for governor, Ron DeSantis (Republican) and Charlie Crist (Democrat), on key issues of concern to the Catholic Church. The information in this episode is taken directly from the 2022 Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Comparison, where supporting sources for each issue are linked.

Find this episode on the FCCB website, or listen and subscribe to Catholics Across the Aisle wherever you stream your podcasts.

Important Election Dates

Voter Registration Deadline - Tuesday, October 11

Click here to register or update your voter registration status.

General Election Day - Tuesday, November 8

Early voting begins in some counties as early as October 24 and is available in all counties starting October 29.

Check with your supervisor of elections for voting times and locations in your county.