Many normal Get Out the Count methods have had to change drastically, as social distancing has become the norm. Given that the CDC, many states and localities are asking for organizations to limit the number of people at gatherings and many events are being canceled, you may want to consider alternatives for GOTC outreach in your communities. The following are a few suggestions for outreach:
- Contact your Census Bureau regional office to enquire about Mobile Questionnaire Assistance staff promoting the census at locations providing essential services.
- Remind the communities you serve that it has never been easier and more accessible to respond to the census online, over the phone, or by mail.
- Resources for Census Organizing in the Wake of COVID-19
- Share the message that the census website – my2020Census.gov – is live and residents can fill out the form via phone in English and 12 non-English languages. Here is a guide to share on how to start that process.
- Consider phone banking, text bank, emails, and other strategies to encourage the Hard to Count communities you serve to participate in the census.
- Census Digital U offers on-demand digital training focused on effective GOTC practices like SMS, online advertising, integrating online/offline are covered at length, and featuring various digital organizing experts.
- See other resources like the State Voices Field Guide, the Community Connect Labs, Coronavirus Demands a Quantum Leap in Organizing.
Now – October 15
Get Out the Count
- Hold digital townhall meetings with trusted community leaders
- Follow-up with your clients that completed pledge cards
- Distribute GOTC materials to your target audiences, internal & external
- Conduct virtual census parties in your community
- Incorporate the census into all ongoing outreach, services, and advocacy
- Provide computers and phones for people to use when completing the census *This is only for organizations that require in-person attendance. Practice safe distancing at all times.