Women’s Equality Day on August 26 celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote. This historic event coincides with another important civil rights milestone this year – the 2020 decennial Census. Voting and the Census are intricately linked civic actions: both are a way to make your voice heard and shape your community.
Voting and the Census
The Census is directly tied to many factors that affect political representation. Census data are used to determine Congressional apportionment – the number of House members each state receives – and the number of electoral votes in each state. Data derived from the Census are also used to geographically define state legislative districts. This means that taking the Census has a direct effect on civic representation and political power on both the national and state levels. Taking the Census will directly impact your community for the next ten years and is a way to make sure everyone in your household is accurately represented.
How to Get Involved
About 25 percent of Arlington households still need to be counted by the September 30 Census deadline, and you can help in that effort. Sign up to volunteer at one of the Census pop-ups taking place weekly across the County, where Census Takers are helping people take the Census in person. Or volunteer at Census Palooza II, the County’s Census outreach event, which has been postponed to September 12.
How to Complete the Census
Completing the Census is safe, easy, and takes only a few minutes. Here’s how to fill out your form:
- Online: Go to my2020census.gov. Non-English speakers can select a different language at the bottom of the page.
- Phone: Call 844-330-2020 for English, 844-468-2020 for Spanish, or use these phone numbersto take the Census in 12 other languages.
- Mail: If you received a paper copy by mail, just fill it out, place it in the envelope provided and drop it in a mailbox.
- In Person: At a Mobile Questionnaire Assistance (MQA) station or when the Census Taker knocks on your door.
How to Register to Vote
Registering to vote is also safe, easy and fast. Here’s how:
- Online: Go to elections.virginia.gov/citizen-portal to complete your application and access other important information about your ballot.
- Mail: You can download the Virginia Voter Registration Application online, and mail or deliver your application in-person to the Office of Voter Registration at 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Ste 320, Arlington, VA 22201. The National Mail Voter Registration Form is also available in 15 languages to help you complete your application.
- In Person: Applications are available at the Office of Voter Registration, where you can also complete them on-site. No ID or proof of address is required.