In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. The responsibility to make political choices rests with each person and his or her properly formed conscience.
Catholic voters are called to properly form their consciences in preparation for voting and for the continued advocacy for just laws and policies required after voting. This process should focus on moral principles, the defense of life, the needs of the weak, and the pursuit of the common good. It requires constant prayer, understanding of Church teaching, and discernment that goes beyond campaign rhetoric and partisan politics.
Ohio Voter Information: Secretary of State Office
Judicial Votes Count: Information on all Ohio Judicial Candidates
USCCB Resources on Faithful Citizenship
Introductory Letter to Faithful Citizenship Document NEW
Civil Dialogue: A response to Jesus’ call to love our neighbor
Catholic Conference of Ohio Election Reflections
Bulletin Insert: Reflections on Choosing Political Candidates (PDF)
Bulletin Insert: Making Moral Choices In Voting (PDF)
Education program of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Resources from the Diocese of Columbus
Resources from the Diocese of Cleveland
Education program of the Toledo Diocese: Conscience and the Catholic Voter
Video from Bishop Monforton, Diocese of Steubenville
Ohio Manufacturers' Election Resource 2020: This Guide compiles comprehensive demographic, economic and political data for each Ohio district, as well as details of legislative and judical races.
County Board's of Elections offer helpful voter information and guides.
Click here to find and link to your Board of Elections
Several Ohio Newspapers offer voter guides. Others link to the 411.org from the League of Women Voters
Link to Ohio Republican Party Website
Link to the Ohio Democratic Party Website
Prayer Before an Election
Lord God, as the election approaches, we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our city/state/country, and how the Gospel compels us to respond as faithful citizens in our community.
We ask for eyes that are free from blindness so that we might see each other as brothers and sisters, one and equal in dignity, especially those who are victims of abuse and violence, deceit and poverty.
We ask for ears that will hear the cries of children unborn and those abandoned, men and women oppressed because of race or creed, religion or gender.
We ask for minds and hearts that are open to hearing the voice of leaders who will bring us closer to your Kingdom.
We pray for discernment so that we may choose leaders who hear your Word,
live your love, and keep in the ways of your truth as they follow in the steps of Jesus and his Apostles and guide us to your Kingdom of justice and peace.
We ask this in the name of your Son Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.