You are important and your voice matters. It makes no difference where you live or work, how much education or money you have, or what race/ethnicity you are – we all deserve to be heard.
Please, take advantage of two crucial opportunities to use your voice this fall:
- Fill out the 2020 census by October 31.
- Register and vote in the November 3rd election.
Complete the 2020 Census
Filling out the census tells the government that you live here, you belong here, and you and your community need public funding for health services including Medicaid, housing vouchers, WIC and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), education programs, and many other services.
The census only has five questions and on average it takes less than 10 minutes to complete. If you don’t participate, you are giving the wrong message that fewer people live in the country and fewer community resources are needed.
You do not need to be a citizen in order to be counted in the census. The personal information you provide is kept safe and private and will only appear as statistical summaries.
You have three options to fill out the census by September 30th:
- Online at 2020census.gov
- By mail
- Over the phone:
- 844-330-2020 (English)
- 844-468-2020 (Spanish)
- 844-494-2020 (French)
Vote in the November 3rd Election
Elected officials, from local school boards all the way up to the president of the United States, make policies every day that affect our lives. You have the power to choose officials who best represent your interests by voting.
Follow these steps to make sure your voice is heard this November.
Register: Check if you are registered to vote here. If not, you can register online, in person, or by mail up until three weeks before election day. Click to learn more about registering to vote in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Research: Find out who is on your ballot here and do your research to select the candidates who stand with you on the issues you care about the most.
Vote: You can vote in person on November 3rd, but you also have the option to vote early or by mail for your safety and convenience. In DC, every voter will receive a mail-in ballot at their registered address. You can confirm your address here. Maryland and Virginia are not automatically sending out ballots, but anyone can request a mail-in ballot in Maryland here and Virginia here.
If you have any questions about the census or voting, you can always speak to your Mary’s Center provider and they can connect you with the answers or resources you need.
Mary’s Center volunteer Rosalia Turcios contributed to this blog post.