The principal reason for the Census is to determine how many members of the House of Representatives each state will receive for the next decade (called reapportionment). Additionally, most states use Census numbers to draw their state and local electoral district lines through a process called redistricting. Census data is also used to distribute over $700 Billion in federal funds to states for roads, bridges, Title 1 School Funding, Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP benefits, and more. Federal funding to states for hundreds of programs is directly linked to the decennial Census count. If our communities do not complete the decennial Census, our communities will be underfunded and underrepresented for the ensuing 10 years.
The National Social Action Commission is asking chapters to participate by phone banking, posting and display signs in your community, and implementing a robust social media campaign. The stakes are high every election cycle and we need to make sure that our community is engaged, educated and prepared to vote.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated has joined First Lady Michelle Obama to empower voters in this critical election cycle. Our chapters are social distancing, but still registering voters through phone banking and social media. Many states have early voting, mail-in ballots, and absentee balloting that allow you to participate in the democratic process while you practice social distancing. Pledge to vote and help at least 5 of your friends to do the same.
It is imperative that all voters have an equal opportunity to vote and have that vote count. Election Protection uses a wide range of tools and activities to protect, advance and defend the right to vote. Deltas around the country are volunteering as legal advocates and poll monitors to protect our democracy. Sorors should sign up through the email sent from the National Social Action Commission.
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