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Representation Is Power:

Information About Participating in Voting and the Census

Being counted and having a voice in who represents us politically at all levels is vital to working toward social justice in our communities. Participating in the US Census is an important action that all members of the UD community can take. For US citizens, Voting is another essential action. There is some confusion about how to participate in these vital activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is some information to help.

The Census

The US Census is undertaken every 10 years to count all people living in the United States, regardless of their age or citizenship status. (Note:  Information about any individual’s or family’s citizenship status is NOT passed on to any governmental or police agency). The results of this count determine the number of Representatives in Congress that are allotted to each locality for the next 10 years. Undercounting people, therefore, undermines their representation and power for a decade. The results of the Census are also used by local governments and businesses to guide decisions about where to locate important resources like schools, hospitals, grocery stores, medical clinics, shopping areas, etc. These decisions greatly impact the health, educational, and vocational opportunities for local residents, regardless of their age or citizenship status. Representation is Power.

Here is where you can complete the US Census for yourself or your family:

Voting

Voting is a right for US citizens 18 years old and older. Countless people throughout our nation’s history have fought to preserve this right and to extend it to all citizens regardless of gender, race, religion, age, health status/able-bodiedness, etc. Exercising your right to vote is one of the most powerful actions you can take toward making your voice heard on issues that affect us all. Electing people who represent socially just values at all levels of government can help to dismantle the unjust centers of power that continue to oppress people. Representation is Power.

Here is where you can register to vote, check your voter registration status, apply for an absentee or mail-in ballot, and learn about deadlines for your state:

Should I complete the Census?

Students Living On Campus in Spring 2020 (pre-COVID closure)

As of August 20, 2020, all students living in residence halls in Spring of 2020 were counted in the US Census as part of the group quarters enumeration process. Students’ information shared with the Census included students’ full name and home address. Other personal data was not shared.

Due to student privacy settings, a small number of students were not counted in the group quarters enumeration process. Students can check their privacy settings to see if they were counted by following these instructions: https://www1.udel.edu/registrar/helpdocs/StudentPrivacyRestrictions.pdf

Students Living Off Campus in Spring 2020 (pre-COVID closure)

All students who lived off campus but not at home with family in the start of Spring 2020 (pre-COVID closure) should complete the census for their off-campus address. Even if students have moved since then, they should still complete the census. Students can complete the Census online through September 30, 2020. If they do not have the unique ID that was sent to their off-campus address, they can skip this step on the website and complete the Census using their Spring 2020 off-campus address. One Census form should be completed per household and list all the people who lived at that address.  For this reason, it’s a good idea to coordinate with any roommates or housemates to complete!

If students lived in Newark for the start of Spring 2020  but were mistakenly counted at home by parents or family, they should still complete the census for themselves for their Newark address. Census staff are reviewing national Census data to account for any duplicates to get the most accurate count!

Students Living at Home in Spring 2020 (pre-COVID closure)

All students who lived at home with their family in the start of Spring 2020 should be counted in their household. Any member of the household can complete the Census onlineIf they do not have the unique ID that was sent to their home, they can skip this step on the website and complete the Census using their address. Census forms should be completed one per household.

Interactive Voter Map with Updates due to COVID-19 Pandemic

From the Biden Institute 

As we navigate the many changes happening as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are reminded of the importance of showing up for one’s community and engaging with the world around you (even if predominantly through digital means). Voting, if you are eligible, is a key way to have an impact on your community, and the University of Delaware is committed to helping students make their voices heard in 2020.