Question the Candidates

So you want to represent me?

As a voter, you have the right to know where the candidates trying to win you over stand on the issues you care about. Will they represent your secular values? Will they respect the separation of church and state?

Asking candidates questions directly is your opportunity to find out where they stand. This is also a great way for you to educate the politicians themselves about secular values.

Secular Coalition for Iowa volunteer, Justin Scott, asks Secretary Hillary Clinton about Church-State Separation

 Ask in person

  1. Find out the date and time candidates are holding campaign events or town halls near you. Save the date. This information is typically available on the campaign’s website or in your local newspaper’s in the political section.
  2. Print out a copy of our candidate questionnaire.
  3. It’s important to make sure you literally get the candidate on the record! To make sure you are prepared to record the candidate’s answer, make sure your phone is fully charged and has enough space to record audio and video. If you have a tape recorder or video camera you are familiar with using, bring that with you.
  4. Get to the event early to grab a seat close to the front.
  5. When it’s your turn, identify yourself, turn on the record button and ask your question!
  6. Send your recording to [email protected] so we can help make the information available to other voters in your area.
  7.  Share your experience with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Ask by email

Can’t make it to an event? Email the candidate’s campaign with the questionnaire attached. You can find contact information on the campaign’s website. Don’t forget to forward responses to [email protected] and to share it with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Here’s a sample email:


My name is Jane Doe and I’m a voter in Pennsylvania. I want to know if you would represent my secular values if elected to office. I would appreciate you taking the time to fill out the attached questionnaire. Thank you for your time.


Jane Doe