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.
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
You must register before you can vote.
What documents do I need to register?
- Have proof of your address: Proof of Residence list of acceptable documents.
- Live at your address for at least 10 days before Election Day
How do I register?
- 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.
You must show an acceptable photo ID to vote. What is an acceptable photo ID?
- Information about acceptable photo IDs: https://bringit.wi.gov/
Are there other Voter Registration Guidelines?
- Click here for more Voter Registration Guidelines
When are elections?
There are Spring Non-Partisan Elections and Fall Partisan Elections in Wisconsin.
When are the Spring 2020 and Presidential Preference Primary elections?
- Spring Primary: February 18, 2020
- Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary: April 7, 2020
This spring, we vote for:
- Justice of the Supreme Court
- Court of Appeals Judge - Districts 1, 2 and 4
- Circuit Court Judge in several counties
- Presidential Preference Primary (April 7, 2020)
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