Peace Action Montgomery and MCCRC have issued a questionnaire with 11 peace, justice, and civil liberties questions for candidates to federal public office seeking Montgomery County voter support.
The questionnaire was sent to 30 Senate candidates, and 5, 11, and 18 candidates from the 3d, 6th, and 8th Congressional Districts, respectively, including Green, Libertarian, and independent candidates.
We have asked for answers by Thursday, March 31, and will publish those answers and summaries on this web site during the week of Monday, April 4. (Early voting begins a little over a week later, on April 14.)
Topics covered by the questionnaire include drone attacks, the NSA, military spending, police practices, nuclear weapons, encryption, Israel/Palestine, surveillance of First Amendment protected activity, refugees, Guantanamo and indefinite detention and “Countering Violent Extremism” programs.
We feel this questionnaire can be a valuable voter education tool in its own right. Each topic is begun by a brief introduction with links to supporting material, followed by a yes/no question and an opportunity for the candidate to elaborate with comments. Many questions direct candidates’ attention to legislation currently before Congress, and ask whether the candidate will support or oppose such legislation if elected; some of those bills include the Surveillance State Repeal Act, the ENCRYPT Act, and the End Racial Profiling Act.
We’re proud to have collaborated with Peace Action Montgomery on this important effort, and we hope it will prove useful to Montgomery County voters as they make their primary election decisions on April 26th.