FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2020
Contact: Linda DeBerry
Communications Program Manager
Voter Registration to be Included with Drive-In Census Roundup on Saturday
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark—The League of Women Voters is now working with the City of Fayetteville to offer voter registration as part of the City’s scheduled drive-in census “round-up” on Saturday, August 22, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Spring Street Parking Deck, located at the corner of Spring Street and N. School Avenue in Fayetteville. Volunteers from the League of Women Voters will be available with voter registration forms for participants who are currently not registered to vote, or who need to make changes to their registration, while they are there for the census event.
The round-up will take place inside the Spring Street entrance to the parking deck. Participants may drive up, park in one of the reserved spaces on the ground floor of the deck, and a volunteer will provide each vehicle with an iPad with the census website already opened on it. Once participants have completed their questionnaire, they can show the completed form screen to the volunteers to receive a $10 Walmart gift card. (One gift card per household.) All iPads will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between each use, and staff, volunteers, and participants must wear masks.
“We are delighted to be working in collaboration with the League of Women Voters for this event,” said City of Fayetteville Communications Program Manager Linda DeBerry. “This makes it easy for our residents to complete two very important tasks in one stop. By participating in the census, we stand up to be counted for the important federal funding our community needs; and by registering to vote, those who are eligible to do so are exercising their rights of participation in our country’s government. Everyone counts.”
For more information about the census roundup, visit www.fayetteville-ar.gov/census.
The census form is completed by household and features only a few questions, including the name, birth date, gender and racial / ethnic background of each person who was living in the household on April 1, 2020. There are no questions regarding income, citizenship status, or employment. The form takes ten to 15 minutes to complete online at https://2020census.gov/.
To register to vote, you must be a citizen of the United States; age 18 or older on Election Day, November 3, 2020; and never have been convicted of a felony. You will need to provide your driver’s license number OR the last four digits of your social security number to register. A sample of the Arkansas voter registration form can be found here: https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/uploads/elections/ArkansasVoterRegistrationApplication.pdf
The 2020 Census may be completed through the end of September, 2020. The deadline to register to vote in the November 3 general election is October 5.