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Faithful Citizenship: the General Election - and your vote - matter

On Tuesday, November 6, citizens who are registered to vote in the state of Michigan will participate in the General Election.

Last week to register to vote!

The deadline to register to vote is October 9. To check your registration status and polling location, visit

Every Catholic is called to engage in the political process, guided by a well-formed conscience. The 2018 General Election is significant. Michiganders will select a new governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and two members of the Michigan Supreme Court. The outcome will also determine majority control in the Michigan Legislature, along with prominent positions at the local, statewide, and federal levels. Voters will also be asked three ballot questions:

  • Proposal 1: should recreational marijuana use and growth be legalized in the state?
  • Proposal 2: should Michigan reform its redistricting process?
  • Proposal 3: should voter registration and other voting processes be revised?
  • The MCC Board and Bishops Urge 'No' Vote on Proposal 1. They have no position on Proposals 2 and 3. Visit the MCC's Ballot Proposals page for more information.

Read "The Issues, The Candidates and Your Vote 2018" from the Michigan Catholic Conference.

Faithful Citizenship - Guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy:

As Catholics, we are members of a community of faith with a long tradition of teaching and action on human life and dignity, marriage and family, justice and peace, care for creation, and the common good. We're encouraged to examine the pertinent issues, and make choices that are most in line with this tradition of teaching and action. As Americans, we are also blessed with religious liberty which safeguards our right to bring our principles and moral convictions into the public arena. These Constitutional freedoms need to be both exercised and protected.  

The struggles that we face as a nation and as a global community cannot be addressed solely by choosing the "best candidate" for political office. In addition to forming our consciences, we must fast and pray, asking our loving and gracious God to give us the ability to effectively proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through our daily witness to our faith and its teachings. (USCCB, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, 2015)  

Additional Resources

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) (the public policy voice for the Catholic Church on national issues)  Current Issues | Take Action
Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) (the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Michigan)
Current Issues | Join the Catholic Advocacy Network 
What is Catholic Social Teaching?
Development of Conscience, (by Sister Barbara Cline, FSE, diocesan director of faith formation) 
As election day nears, let the Spirit be your guide (Bishop Walkowiak, October 2016 FAITH)