s Catholics, we are called to engage in the public square and work for the common good. This year, voters across South Carolina and the United States will head to the polls to elect important elected offices. Some absentee voters will begin casting their ballots weeks earlier.
The South Carolina Catholic Conference will provide several resources to help voters form their consciences, understand the principles and issues to consider when voting and learn where candidates stand.
Here are important election dates for 2020:
Feb. 29: Democratic Presidential Primary
June 9: Primary
June 23: Primary runoff
Nov. 3: General election
NOTE: The Republican Presidential Primary was cancelled by S.C. Republican leadership in 2019.
The voter education resources we are providing include
I. Catholic Issues Voter Guide
A summary of the principles of Catholic social teaching to consider when casting a ballot.
II. Before-the-Election Message
In the upcoming weeks, Bishop Guglielmone will offer Catholics guidance on how to correctly form one’s conscience before voting, how to engage with civility in the public square and principles of our faith to apply when considering any candidate or policy.
III. Guidelines for Political Activities
Guidelines for parishes and other Catholic entities.
IV. 2020 Election Year Guidelines for Parishes and Schools
The Diocese of Charleston released a shortened version of the political guidelines for parishes and schools for the 2018 election season.
NOTE: The Dioceses of Charleston authorizes parishes to use only materials provided by the diocese, the South Carolina Catholic Conference and the USCCB. Non-diocesan voter-education resources are not authorized for parish use.
In prayer and in public, your voices are urgently needed to bring Gospel values to bear on vital decisions being made by those who represent you.