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Faithful Citizenship: Election 2018

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

See Election Results.

Every Catholic is called to engage in the political process, guided by a well-formed conscience. The 2018 General Election was significant. Michiganders made decisions about key leadership positions including governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and two members of the Michigan Supreme Court. The outcome determined majority control in the Michigan Legislature, along with prominent positions at the local, statewide, and federal levels. Voters were also 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 Urged a 'No' Vote on Proposal 1. Read their Proposal 1 summary on the MCC's Ballot Proposals page. They did not take a position on Proposals 2 and 3. 

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

Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center:

To view sample ballots, check your registration status and polling location, visit www.michigan.gov/vote.

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) 
 
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As election day nears, let the Spirit be your guide (Bishop Walkowiak, October 2016 FAITH)