As 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.

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.

Voter Education Resources

I. Catholic Issues Voter Guide

A summary of the principles of Catholic social teaching to consider when casting a ballot.

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II. Bishop’s Pre-Election Message

Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone offers 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.

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III. Guidelines for Political Activities

Guidelines for parishes and other Catholic entities.

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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 2020 election season.

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The Dioceses of Charleston authorizes parishes to use only materials provided by the diocese, the South Carolina Catholic Conference and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Non-diocesan voter-education resources are not authorized for parish use.