Census 2020 #MakeBrooklynCount


Check out current census response rates HERE. As of March 31st, 38.4% of households in the nation have responded to the census online, by phone, or by mail. New York’s response rate is currently below the national rate at 33.1%. New York City’s response rate is 28%. Kings County is 26.1%

Census 2020 will shape the next ten years of our lives. In 2010, Brooklyn was the most under-counted large urban area in the country, with a response rate of 54% in comparison to an average of 76%. Check out our census presentation to learn more. COMPLETE THE CENSUS ONLINE AT MY2020CENSUS.GOV OR BY PHONE AT (844) 330-2020.

Please share information on how people can complete the census:

Guide to responding online. *you must complete the census in one sitting. If you leave the page and return, you will have to start over* 

Languages for online questionnaire – English, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified), Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, and Japanese. Additional web pages and guides in 59 languages, including American Sign Language, Braille, and large print HERE.

Guide to responding by phone. English speakers should call 844-330-2020. For additional languages, please click the link. 

Guide to responding by mail. A small percentage of homes will receive a census form to mail in during this initial count. This percentage may be increased due to current conditions. If someone receives the census form in the mail, they can complete that form or complete the census by the other available methods.

Key Census FAQ 

Who is counted? Everyone who is or will be living in the household on April 1, 2020. More information on special circumstances when deciding how a person should be counted on your census questionnaire. 

What about college students? Even though colleges and universities have closed or moved to online teaching, students should be counted where they live while at school.

Why is the census important? The census helps determine how billions of dollars of federal funding (for healthcare (!), schools, fire departments, etc) will be distributed and is used to determine the number of seats in Congress each state is allocated. The number of congressional seats directly impacts the number of electoral votes a state has for presidential elections. If you think or someone you know thinks that New York doesn’t matter in presidential elections. With less congressional representatives and accordingly, less electoral votes, it certainly won’t.

DOWNLOAD census flyers and graphics to share on social media HERE.

Languages for flyers in English, Spanish, Chinese, Haitian Creole, and Polish. Translation credit: Judith Hertzberg

Key Dates:

March 12-30 —> Every household will receive a letter from the U.S Government with a code to fill the census out online

Look out for your census form!

April 1 —> Census Day! Please encourage everyone to fill out the Census by this date 

CENSUS 101. Click here to learn more about the census.


New Law Alert: 16 and 17 year olds can now pre-register to vote! Future voters should use the new voter registration forms available HERE.


#RESTORE THE VOTE

Those of us who attended BVA’s #restorethevote forum and/or have researched this topic know and understand that New York’s voting laws are steeped in racism. And to uphold these laws, more than a century later, without any reflection on why they were passed and if they are still needed does a disservice to all New Yorkers. Nowhere in our constitution does it state that a person loses their citizenship when convicted of a felony. Instead, the restrictions to felony enfranchisement are by operation of political calculations that we have the duty, and the right, to question. 

While we at BVA are advocating for universal voting, where losing the right to vote becomes the exception (like in instances of election fraud) rather than the rule. We understand that not everyone is ready for such transformational change (six million people across the nation have lost their right to vote) and that opinions will not change in a day. Therefore, if you are not supportive of universal voting, we challenge you to first, engage with your individual understanding of this issue and formulate your reasons for non-support, and second, to share your opinions and work with us as we explore our advocacy in this area. We want to hear all voices as we work towards our goal of establishing a more just democracy. Want to learn more? 

View or Download our one-sheet on felony disenfranchisement.

Check out The Sentencing Project. HERE

The New York Times op-ed “Tell Me Again Why Prisoners Can’t Vote.” HERE

2016 article from The Atlantic: Polls for Prisons. HERE

Whether you support universal voting or you are not ready, BVA has 2 goals regarding felony disenfranchisement:

  1. To gather information on whether your representative supports codifying Governor Cuomo’s executive order granting a conditional pardon to people on parole, thereby restoring their right to vote and/or universal voting and 
  2. To demand that the state legislature pass legislation codifying Governor Cuomo’s executive order 

Please also email bkvotersalliance@gmail.com if you receive an answer to these questions of wish to learn more or discussion felony restoration.