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August 04, 2020
As an advocate for children in 2020, there are important and timely opportunities for you to be a voice for children – the U.S. Census and the local, state and federal elections that are best informed by your participation. These major events offer an opportunity for you to champion children in our state.
We firmly believe that all children count – which means it’s important for the census to count all kids. The census happens once every 10 years, and it is the only official population count of every person in the United States.
Census results help shape the resources available for children throughout the next decade and determine distribution of funding for schools, federally-funded state programs, and communities. The census also directly impacts decisions concerning federal Medicaid dollars.
Children, especially young children under the age of five, are the most undercounted group in the census. Without an accurate census we risk not having the resources to fully serve the children of Arkansas.
Important elections take place often. Local elections take place every year and have a significant influence on the decisions impacting our daily lives. Voting provides you an opportunity to be a voice for children who cannot vote.
To register to vote, print out the application, fill it out, and mail it in at least 30 days before the election.
Once you are a registered voter, take time to inform yourself on children’s health issues. There are two ways to vote for what you believe will positively affect child health: