Election Resources

Faithful Citizenship Collaboration 

Campus Ministry and the Center for Social Concerns want to highlight the call by the U.S. Bishops during this election season to form our consciences for faithful citizenship. Over the next three weeks, we will highlight a principle of Catholic Social Teaching through a short video to help in discerning the various choices that lie ahead.

October 26, 2020 | The Common Good

In the final video of this series, Tami Schmitz, Associate Director of Pastoral Care for Campus Ministry, and Mike Hebbeler, Discernment and Advocacy Education Director for the Center for Social Concerns, share about cultivating a community that reflects the Common Good through prayer and action.

October 19, 2020 | Solidarity

In this week’s video, Christian Santa Maria, Assistant Director of Spirituality for Campus Ministry, and Melissa Marley Bonnichsen, Director of Leadership Formation for the Center for Social Concerns, speak on the topic of Solidarity and share a reminder to pray, dialogue, and get involved during this election season.

October 12, 2020 | Human Dignity

In this week’s video, Fr. Pete McCormick, C.S.C., Director of Campus Ministry, and Bill Purcell, Acting Executive Director of the Center for Social Concerns, reflect on the principle of human dignity.

ND Votes

ND Votes is a nonpartisan campaign of the Center for Social Concerns, the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, and the Constitutional Studies Minor to promote voter education, registration, and mobilization. Led by a student task force, ND Votes fosters conscientious engagement in political and civic life among students. Check out their website for information on voter registration, information on candidates, upcoming speakers and events, and more. 

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Are you looking for a place where you can see all the candidates and decisions on your 2020 ballot? Explore your ballot and make informed choices with BallotReady! You'll be able to check your registration status, find out where to vote, compare candidates on important issues, and more. Type in the address where you're registered to vote to get started. 


Need to Talk

Catholic Social Teaching calls us to respect each person's human dignity, emphasizing a need to work toward solidarity with all and the common good. With the approaching election, do you want to take some time to critically reflect on how your faith impacts how you vote and participate in political life? Or maybe you are looking for ways to grow in your spiritual life or navigate a challenging relationship? If you'd like to discuss these or other important areas of your life, a lay Campus Minister or priest will be available every Monday-Thursday from 7-9 p.m. in 113 Coleman-Morse (across from the marble ball) to listen, offer guidance, and share the wisdom and hope our faith provides. No appointment necessary, just drop in. Virtual appointments at any time are also available by completing this form.

Notre Dame Forum 

ND Forum 2020 theme is Election 2020: Think. Engage Respectfully. Vote. The ND Forum calendar of events was created as a resource for the conversations and events being planned by many different departments and groups across the University leading up to the election and beyond. You are encouraged to participate in these conversations and the many other discussions taking place across campus.


United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

"The Church's social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society."

"In this statement, 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."

Articles on Voting and Citizenship

"The experience of the nearness of Jesus and the love of God, our common Father, creates in us a new mindset: We are dependent, we need one another and we really are responsible for one another. Our vote is but one expression of this all-encompassing commitment to the common good and the project of building up solidarity."
Bishop Mark Seitz

September 30, 2020

"There are no easy solutions to the dilemmas we face today. There is only our solemn obligation to participate in the governance of our nation as co-responsible members of a free society and as missionary disciples called by Jesus Christ to transform our society and care for our common home."
Cardinal Joseph Tobin

September 29, 2020

"In America today a faith-filled voter is called to approach voting from a stance of bridge-building and healing for our nation. Such a voter is also called to integrate into his voting decisions the major salient elements of Catholic teaching that touch upon the political issues of our day, understanding that these teachings vary in priority and claim, but are united in their orientation to the common good."
Bishop Robert McElroy

February 7, 2020

"Because voting is a matter of prudential judgment, we should fully expect Catholics with well-formed consciences to differ from one another in their conclusions."
Brett Salkeld

September 23, 2020

Prayer and Discernment

Read or listen to this experience of prayerful reflection from the Ignatian Solidarity Network.

This traditional examination of conscience from the U.S. Catholic bishops focuses on how we live the themes of Catholic Social Teaching.



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