Inform Your Vote
Learn your candidate's positions on a variety of issues important to the Church
2022 will be a historic election year with nearly 60 new Minnesota state legislators being elected! With this in mind, the staff of the Minnesota Catholic Conference selected eight geographically diverse state legislative races and invited the candidates on both sides of the aisle to meet with us for an in-person interview to discuss several policy issues that are important to Minnesota Catholics and our Bishops. If the opposing party candidate did not participate in an interview you will see information at the end if the interview on how to contact that candidate. We are sharing the recorded interviews to provide you with an example of just how easy it is to connect with a candidate and learn about how they plan to address critical issues impacting life, human, dignity, and the common good.
The video below will play all the interviews in alphabetical order, or you can select a particular interview. If your candidates are not among these videos we encourage you to reach out to them. The interviews include:
These interviews make use of the same questions that we are making available to you via our candidate questionnaire. You can download that below along with a turn-key guide for hosting a similar town hall at your parish.
- Candidate Questionnaire - Ahead of the August 9th primaries or Election Day on November 8th, send this questionnaire to the candidates running in your area to learn where they stand on a variety of issues.
- Plan a Town Hall at your parish! Ahead of the November 8th elections, create the opportunity for Catholics in your legislative district to form their consciences and faithfully inform their vote. Host a candidate town hall!
As Catholics, we must never be afraid of bringing our faith into the public square. However, because the Church is not a political entity, we must make sure that our individual advocacy efforts are kept distinct from the Church’s teaching voice. This election resource, updated in June 2022, provides guidelines for parish and church organization political activity, clearly laying out which activities are prohibited and which are permissible.
Transform Our State
The Secretary of State’s website provides a number of helpful election resources to get you ready for Election Day. Visit the links below.
- Which Candidates and Issues are on My Ballot?
- Find My Polling Location
- Letter to Employers about Right to Vote
- Same-Day Registration Information
- Further Minnesota Election Resources
Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to easily take action and stay informed on issues, policies, and legislation throughout the year. This is an easy way to let your legislators know about issues that are important to you.
Form Your Conscience
The Catholic Church’s social teaching provides us with a framework for how to build a just society and live our personal call to holiness despite the challenges of modern society. It is a tool of evangelization that proclaims God and His mystery of salvation in Christ to every human being, and through this act, reveals man to himself. Learn more...
The Role of Politics in the Modern World:
A presentation by Jason Adkins, Executive Director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, in which you’ll learn why the Church calls us to be faithful citizens, how to live out our faith in the public arena, and what that looks like in terms of voting.