2018 Election Resources

People casting their votesPrimary Election Day in Minnesota is Tuesday, August 14.

This is your home for 2018 election resources! As Catholics, we are called to inform our consciences and exercise our right to vote in a principled, prudent manner. Use the resources below to prepare your heart and mind for Election Day.

Which Candidates and Issues are on my Ballot?

Visit the Secretary of State’s website to find a sample ballot that is specific to your address. This election resource tool serves as a starting point to reach out to your candidates and find out where they stand on issues that impact life and human dignity.

2018 Candidate Questionaire

This questionnaire touches on several important issues that impact life and human dignity. We encourage you to download this 2018 candidate questionnaire and use it as a guide in conversations with candidates. Whether you meet candidates in person, speak with them on the phone, or send the questionnaire via mail or email the responses you receive should be used to help inform your voting. This questionnaire is not a hard and fast script, nor is it an exhaustive list of all acceptable applications of Catholic Social Teaching; there are some questions on it that you may choose not to ask; there may be other perfectly valid questions not included on it that you decide to bring up.

When you have received responses from any candidate you are encouraged to share those responses with the Minnesota Catholic Conference. A copy of the completed survey can be mailed to 475 University Ave. W St. Paul MN, 55103 Attn: Shawn Peterson or emailed to speterson@mncatholic.org

Guidelines for Political Activity

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 July 2018, provides guidelines for parish and diocesan political activity, clearly laying out which activities are prohibited and which are permissible.

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship


Forming Conscience for Faithful Citizenship is the official Election Year teaching of the U.S. Catholic bishops. This resource provides guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy, lifting up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens. The Faithful Citizenship webpage includes additional resources, such as bulletin inserts and informational videos.

Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics

Originally released in 1998 by the USCCB, “Living the Gospel of Life” is still a viable election resource for American Catholics looking to form their consciences in preparation for elections in 2018. It contextualizes our present-day policy debates within deeper shifts and trends in society’s consideration of human life and dignity.

Further Minnesota Election Resources

The Secretary of State’s website provides a number of helpful election resource to get you ready for Election Day, including online voter registration, locating your polling place, and learning more about absentee voting.