Exercise Your Right to Vote

Voting in elections is not only a civic duty but part of our Catholic beliefs. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), Catholics have a moral obligation to promote the common good through the exercise of their voting privileges (CCC 2240). It is not only civil authorities who have responsibility for a country. Service of the common good requires citizens to fulfill their roles in the life of the political community (CCC 2239). This means citizens should participate in the political process at the ballot box.

Due to safety concerns caused by the coronavirus, you may prefer to vote by mail. If you choose to vote by mail, you should request your ballot as soon as possible. Below you will find information on the following:

  • Instructions for requesting an absentee ballot
  • Instructions for completing your mail-in ballot
  • How to track your mail-in ballot
  • Important dates
  • County addresses
  • Who to call for assistance

Requesting an absentee ballot to vote by mail

To vote by mail, you must first request an absentee ballot. Below are three options to do that.

For West Virginia
Full set of instructions: https://sos.wv.gov/elections/Pages/GoVoteWV.aspx
Absentee application: https://sites.omniballot.us/54/absentee/app/home

For Maryland
https://elections.maryland.gov/voting/absentee.html

Notes:

  • You must choose a reason for requesting an absentee ballot. In most cases choose “medical reasons/Covid.” Keep in mind, just being anxious about COVID is a sufficient reason to vote by mail. You do not have to be sick with COVID.
  • A signature is required for online requests. To sign your name, you can use a digital pen, mouse, or pad.
Call your County Clerk or Elections office and ask them to mail you the absentee ballot request form.

Jefferson County: (304)-728-3215
Berkeley County:  (304) 264-1927
Washington County, MD:  (240) 313-2050

Option #1
Download the absentee application form from your County Clerk/BOE website
WV: https://sos.wv.gov/FormSearch/Elections/Voter/Absentee%20Ballot%20Application.pdf

Then complete the form and return it via mail, fax, or email to your County Clerk’s office.

Option #2
Pick up the form from St. Agnes (please call ahead of time) or the Shepherdstown public library.
Both will fax or scan it and email it for you for free.

Instructions for Completing your Ballot

Instructions for completing your paper mail-in ballot can be found here on the WV.gov website.

Tracking your Absentee Ballot

If you send in an absentee ballot, you can track the status of your ballot! Go to the Absentee Ballot Tracking page on wv.gov and enter the requested information.

Important Dates

Sept. 18 – Mailing of ballots begins

Oct. 13 – Voter registration deadline

Oct. 21 – Early voting (in person) begins

Oct. 28 – Last day to request absentee ballot

Oct. 31 – Early voting (in person) ends

Nov. 3 – Election Day

Addresses

Jefferson County – County Clerk
100 E Washington St.
Charles Town, WV 25414

Berkeley County – County Clerk
400 West Stephen Street
Suite 201
Martinsburg, WV 25401

Washington County – Board of Elections
35 W. Washington Street, Room 101
Hagerstown MD 21740

If you need assistance, please contact Teace Noel at (304) 886-2940 or via email at wvnoels@gmail.com.