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Check the Candidates’ Views on Issues; Be Sure to Vote

LINCOLN (NCC/SNR) - Nebraska’s 2012 General Election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 6. On that day, voters throughout the Cornhusker State will determine their representation in important public offices.

This survey of candidates is presented as a means of promoting faithful citizenship and political responsibility among Catholic Nebraskans throughout the state. It provides an opportunity to become better informed about positions and views of numerous candidates whose names will be on the ballots.

Neither the Nebraska Catholic Conference nor the Diocese of Lincoln, the Archdiocese of Omaha or the Diocese of Grand Island endorses or opposes any candidate for public office. Rather, they cooperatively facilitate this source of unbiased information.

All candidates for the United States Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives were mailed an identical questionnaire. A separate, state-based questionnaire was mailed to all candidates for the Nebraska State Legislature. All candidates for the same office were contacted in the same manner and advised of the same opportunity to respond.

All candidates were given the same deadline for responding, approximately eight weeks after the questionnaires were mailed. Reminder notices were mailed approximately four weeks, two weeks and one week prior to the deadline. Given this process, readers may fairly assume that if a candidate did not respond, it was a decision knowingly made.

The cover letter that accompanied each questionnaire informed the candidate of the opportunity to provide comments on any and every question. With few exceptions, comments appear just as submitted. In a few instances, some editing was necessary in order to respect a word limit, which was set forth in the cover letter.

All original responses are being retained by the Nebraska Catholic Conference and are published on the Conference’s website: www.nebcathcon.org.

It is the sincerest hope of the Nebraska Catholic Conference and the Diocesan Bishops that Catholic Nebraskans will avail themselves of the information provided by this special project. Only a little time is required to take three important actions: first, review the full text of each question; second, consider the candidates’ responses to those questions as part of becoming an informed voter; third, be sure to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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