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Thursday, May 7, 2020  
Posted by: Terry Bradford
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The National Association of Black Social Workers Census and Voter Initiative (CVI) Committee is urging all regular and student chapters to work with local communities to participate in upcoming local, state and federal elections.  Though many jurisdictions have changed their voting procedures due to the COVID-19 emergency, elections locally and nationally are still scheduled. 

NABSW chapters were encouraged earlier this year to sponsor a community forum/meeting to educate the community about voter registration, education about candidates and issues and changes in the voting process in their locale.   


The CVI Committee is now requesting chapters assistance in motivating and mobilizing our communities to either request an absentee ballot or go to the polls on the scheduled date of the election. Many states have opted to use absentee ballots in light of the COVID-19 outbreak to ensure that voters and persons working at the polling sites stay safe.  Please inform your community of the important dates to request these ballots.  Otherwise, voters will need to go to a local polling site.  Finally, we are requesting chapters to coordinate with other organizations/partners, such as the Urban League, in providing transportation to the polling sites for your voting process.


The national presidential election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 2020.  No matter what your party affiliation is, we need all registered voters to cast their ballots in this most important election. The future direction of the country is dependent on each of us to have a voice in which party will be making policy decisions in the country.  NABSW regular and student chapters can assist our communities by helping in registering as many potential voters as possible via outreach through community newsletters, list serves, and social media such Facebook and Instagram.  Let your community know that you are willing and able to help them to be a part of this important election. 

Let’s use our resources to activate our communities to get out the vote and cast our ballots for the local, state and national candidates that will improve the quality of life for our communities.







NABSW Census and Voter Initiative Committee



2020 Census Is Still Underway!


Every 10 years the Constitution mandates the United States to count its population.  2020 is the year the Census count is occurring throughout the country.  Everyone will be counted where they are living as of 04/01/2020 and the data will be used to fund our communities.

The National Association of Black Social Workers continues to update you about the 2020 Census and the adjustments due to COVID-19.  Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Census Bureau has adjusted some of their operations to protect the health and safety of the public and their staff. 

The Census Bureau will continue the population count.  This means if you have not completed your 2020 Census questionnaire, you still have time. 

You may complete the Census questionnaire online, by telephone or via mail.  

It is important to note that prior timelines for completing Census forms have changed.  The following timeline changes are reflected below:


March 12-October 31, 2020-Self Response Phase- responses are to be submitted online, by phone or via mail.

June 13-July 9, 2020-Census takers will drop off invitations to respond and paper questionnaires at the front doors of 5 million households stateside while updating the addresses.

August 11-October 31, 2020-Non-Response Follow-up- Census takers will interview households in person.

April 30-July 31, 2021- Census Bureau will deliver the local Census counts from each state to the president and Congress.  This information is used to complete legislative redistricting and to determine the number of seats in the House of Representatives.


The Census data provides federal funding for more than 100 programs in the Black communities, such as school lunches, highway construction, education, Medicaid, mental health services, etc.  Let us ensure our communities receive our fair share of the federal funding by completion of the 2020 Census questionnaire.

Please contact the Census Bureau at: My2020 Census. gov. or at (844) 330-2020 for further information.   





NABSW Census and Voter Initiative Committee

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