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Colorado Catholic Conference issues voter guide

By Veronica Ambuul

DENVER. The Colorado Catholic Conference, the legislative and public policy arm of Colorado’s four Catholic bishops, has issued a new Voter Guide ahead of the Nov. 8 election. The guide is available online in English and Spanish at www.cocatholic.org/resources/voter-guide/.

“The online Colorado Catholic Voter Guide includes a candidate survey that was received by every state legislative candidate in Colorado,” the conference said. “In the survey, candidates were asked if they agreed or disagreed with policy positions consistent with the hierarchy of values. The published results indicate whether a candidate’s response conforms with Catholic Social Teaching or not. Candidates were also given an opportunity to explain their answers, and their written responses can be found by clicking their name in the survey results.” About 50 candidates responded to the survey.

“The voter guide is intended to help Colorado Catholics fulfill their moral obligation in voting consistent with Catholic values. The Colorado Catholic voter guide also has quotations from our four Colorado bishops, speaking on a Catholic’s moral obligation to vote,” the conference stated.

Print copies of the guide in English and Spanish will also be distributed at parishes throughout the state, the conference said.

Ballots were mailed to Colorado voters beginning Oct. 17, and all ballots must be received by one’s county clerk and recorder by 7 p.m. on Nov. 8.

The Colorado Catholic Conference website also has information on two ballot initiatives that voters will consider next month.

Proposition 121, which the conference supports, would cut the state’s income tax rate from 4.55% to 4.4%.

Proposition 122, which the conference opposes, would legalize the use of psychedelic mushrooms by those over age 21.

For more information, including links to voter registration and other resources, visit www.cocatholicconference.org.

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