Civic Engagement for Learners: the Census and Voting
Census 2020: Wisconsin
The United States does a Census every 10 years. The US Constitution requires a count of every person who lives in the United States, no matter what their citizenship status is.
Census information affects representation in federal, state, and local governments and how the government spends money.
ProLiteracy's Webinar 2020 Census & Adult Education: Adapting to Covid-19 Challenges answers questions about the Census since COVID-19.
The US Census Bureau changed operations to comply with COVID-19 guidelines.
Under the current plan, you must complete your Census forms by September 30th. You can complete the form you received:
- by mail in March
- on your door (starting July 16th).
Census Takers (staff) will:
- not knock on your door
- not interact with the people in your home.
- leave the paper form on your doorstep.
- wear face masks and use hand sanitizers.
- maintain social distancing.
How to identify a Census taker: https://2020census.gov/en/census-takers.html
If you have not received your 2020 Census form:
- Update/leave: General information
- Update/leave: American Indian and Alaska Native
- Actualizar y dejar
If you don't have your Census ID number:
Learn how Wisconsin is doing in the 2020 Census:
Civic Engagement for Learners: Voting and the Census Webinar
Learn from experts on census and voting and how you can help learners engage in these important areas.
Additional Webinar about the Census:
- Webinar from ProLiteracy: "2020 Census and Adult Literacy"
Census resources links:
- National Coalition for Literacy
- American Library Association
- Libraries Guide to the 2020 Census http://www.ala.org/advocacy/sites/ala.org.advocacy/files/content/govinfo/LibrariesGuide2020Census.pdf
- United States Census 2020 – Multilingual resources (the Census is available in about 20 languages)
- Census Lesson Plan Resources
- Census Curriculum Resources - https://www.wearedace.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1652839&type=d&pREC_ID=1798526
- Resources for Adult Educators - https://www.proliteracy.org/Portals/0/pdf/Programs/Notebook/2019-11-Notebook-Winter_2020.pdf?ver=2020-01-08-142613-077
- Adult ESL - How the Census Helps My Community - https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/sis/2020census/2020-resources/ell-adult-esl/how-census-helps-my-community.html
- Census 2020 Resource Links - https://national-coalition-literacy.org/research/the-2020-census/census-2020-resource-links/
- Nonprofit Vote – https://www.nonprofitvote.org/nonprofitscount/
- Census Counts – community organizer resources
Wisconsin Voting Information
Who can request an absentee ballot?
- All voters in Wisconsin can ask to receive an absentee ballot by mail for any reason.
How do I request an absentee ballot?
- Know the absentee ballot deadlines: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/VoterDeadlines.
- Register to vote: myvote.wi.gov
- Request an absentee ballot: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/VoteAbsentee.
- Submit a photo ID: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/PhotoIDRequired.
What documents do I need to register to vote?
- Photo ID: https://bringit.wi.gov/
- Proof of your address: Proof of Residence list of acceptable documents. (You must have lived at your address for at least 10 days before Election Day.)
How do I register to vote?
- by mail or online at My Vote WI: myvote.wi.gov. (You must register by mail or online at least 20 days before the election.)
- in-person at your local municipal clerk's office
- in-person at the polling place on Election Day.
Are there other Voter Registration Guidelines?
What about justice involved adults?
In Wisconsin, after an adult has completed their sentence (including parole), they can register to vote. For more information: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/misc/lc/issue_briefs/2019/courts_and_criminal_law/ib_felons_vote_ph_2019_10_29
When are the next elections?
Fall Partisan Elections in Wisconsin.
When is the Fall 2020 General Election?
- Partisan Primary Day: August 11, 2020
- General Election Day: November 3, 2020
This fall, we vote for:
- U.S. Representative
- Even-numbered Wisconsin State Senate seats
- All Wisconsin Assembly seats
- All District Attorneys