Practice Social Distancing &
FILL OUT YOUR CENSUS!
As census forms were hitting mailboxes, the world was in the midst of grappling with an unprecedented crisis. However, it’s vital that we not lose sight of the crucial importance of the census. We need all New Yorkers to be counted to ensure that we get our fair share of federal funding.
In fact, the COVID-19 pandemic reinforces the importance of the census, which determines the number of hospital beds, and health resources communities need. An accurate count could not be more important.
That’s why we called on all New Yorkers to fill out their census form immediately. We encourage them to fill out the census online or over the phone. Last week we hosted our first virtual event on the impact of COVID-19 on the census count. At this event, Julie Menin, Director of the NYC Census and Amy Torres, Director at the Chinese American Planning Council described how the city is conducting census outreach, and how community-based organizations are encouraging their members to fill out the census, during this crisis. Watch HERE.
In addition, on March 27, CU Policy Director, Rachel Bloom, provided online civics lessons on the census via Facebook live – two sessions for students learning remotely – one for elementary school students, and one for middle school students. You can watch the sessions on the CU Facebook page under the videos tab or by clicking HERE.
Completing your census and making sure others do, too, is a great way to help your community get its fair share while practicing social distancing. If you haven’t filled out your census, do so today at my2020census.gov. You don’t have to wait to get your mailer to do so, go ahead and do it today!
Protecting the Integrity of Elections
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic it is critical that strong, decisive action be taken to ensure that New Yorkers feel safe while exercising their right to vote this year. Elections must go forward. It is crucial to maintain our democratic principles during times of emergency, but we also must be creative to take measures to protect public health.
We are pleased that the elections scheduled for April 28th have been postponed and will be consolidated with the state and federal primaries now scheduled for June 23rd. Also, we advocate that all registered voters who want to vote by mail be allowed to do so for all elections in 2020. You can read our full recommendations for how to proceed with this year’s elections here.
Over the past year, New York has passed a number of important reforms to protect and expand the right to vote. This unprecedented public health crisis warrants further action. We look forward to working with our partners in the legislature and the Board of Elections to ensure that all New Yorkers can safely vote in 2020.