Resources for the Election

As we approach another election, we are faced with the duty and responsibility of electing our government officials. To help us perform this duty, it is important to do so with an informed conscience. The bishops frame this duty in this way; 

"[We] bishops do not intend to tell Catholics for whom or against whom to vote. Our purpose is to help Catholics form their consciences in accordance with God's truth. We recognize that the responsibility to make choices in political life rests with each individual in light of a properly formed conscience, and that participation goes well beyond casting a vote in a particular election."  (Faithful Citizenship). 

Abortion is a central issue for Catholics, as it pertains to the dignity and sanctity of life.  But there are other issues regarding the dignity and sanctity of human life.  To this issue Pope Francis states;

“Our defense of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development. Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery and every form of rejection.”  

To see more about the variety of issues pertaining to respect for life see: 

Here are some other resources to help you in your discernment about the upcoming election:

United States Catholic Conference of Bishops document “Faithful Citizenship

Maryland Catholic Conference Election Resources

CMOQ: Standing Against Racism

Archbishop Lori: How church teaching can help explain why ‘Black Lives Matter’

Archbishop Lori on the Good of the Country

Republican Party Platform

Democratic Party Platform


Locations for Voting:


Important Dates:

October 13: Deadline to register to vote or change party affiliation for the general election

October 20: Request for a mail-in ballot must be received by this date

October 26 - November 2: Early voting; may drop off mail-in ballots  through Nov. 3 (instead of mailing)

November 3: Election Day (Marylanders may register to vote on Election Day)