Prepare for an onslaught of voting guides from religious groups. Guides from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Council on American-Islamic Relations are among those already being publicized.
U.S. Catholic bishops in November approved "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship." The Roman Catholic leaders have been issuing voting guides since 1976.
This time, the guide seems to leave open the possibility that Catholics may vote for candidates who support abortion rights.
"There may be times when a Catholic who rejects a candidate's unacceptable position may decide to vote for that candidate for other morally grave reasons," the document says.
Download or order a copy of the statement at www.usccb publishing.org.
The Muslim organization's Web site, www.cair.com, includes positions of the presidential candidates on key issues, examples of anti-Muslim rhetoric from candidates for all levels of public office and links to the Web sites of Muslim candidates. CAIR also has published a civic participation handbook.
"Each election cycle, America's Muslims become better organized and more savvy about asserting our voice in our nation's electoral dialogue," CAIR National Legislative Director Corey Saylor said in a news release. "This is a community that is excited about the contributions our strong family values and foreign policy insights can make to this nation."