The Maryland Catholic Conference has prepared on its website a comprehensive list of resources to help Maryland residents prepare to vote in November.
The website – https://www.mdcatholic.org/elections – includes links to such information as how to verify one’s voter registration status, how to register to vote, important deadlines for registering to vote and requesting mail-in ballots, and locations of polling places in each county throughout the state.
The deadline in Maryland to register to vote is Oct. 13, and requests for a mail-in ballot must be received by Oct. 20.
The web page notes that people can vote one of three ways: by mail, by in-person early voting between Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 or by voting in-person on Election Day, Tuesday Nov. 3, 2020.
The page notes that people requesting to vote by mail will be mailed a ballot, and the completed ballot must be mailed by Nov. 3 or dropped off at a local board of elections office, an early voting center, or election-day voting center. Ballot drop-off boxes may also be available.
The web page includes a link to find locations for in-person early voting.
In addition, the website includes links that help a voter determine in which Congressional District he or she resides, the names of each district’s U.S. senators and representatives and state senators and delegates.
Each presidential election year, the Maryland Catholic Conference surveys the candidates for U.S. Congress on their positions regarding issues of interest to Catholics. A link to the results of those surveys are also available at https://www.mdcatholic.org/elections.
The website also includes a link to parish resources where Catholics can learn what is appropriate and inappropriate political activity within a parish; read “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” the U.S. bishop’s document on the political responsibility of Catholics; and recite a novena prayer for faithful citizenship.
The Maryland Catholic Conference is the public policy arm of the three dioceses that comprise the state of Maryland – the Archdiocese of Washington, the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware. More than 1 million Catholics reside in the state of Maryland.
The Maryland Catholic Conference does not endorse any candidate, but offers the information so that Catholics can “inform your conscience, learn about the candidates, then vote.”