Civic Circle: October Updates

📣 2020 Census

There is still time to complete the 2020 Census! Households should respond to the 2020 Census right away to not miss out on the resources and political power your community deserves! Do not delay!  The 2020 Census takes 10 minutes to complete and will have 10 years of impact on the future of funding provided to the Commonwealth.

🗳 2020 ELECTION ✅

Election Protection: Volunteers Needed

This year, Virginia voters will face obstacles that have no place in a modern democracy — and these impediments to voting will hit communities of color the hardest. During the first week of early voting we saw record turnout for early in-person voting and even some of the spiteful shenanigans where protestors tried to impede voters’ access to the ballot box. Your help is critical to protecting our election. Please share this with your networks and sign up for a shift today: you can volunteer on a Saturday during early voting or sign up for Election Day support.

Make a plan to vote today. Visit for the most up to date voting and election day information. 

2020 Election Key Dates

  • Last day to register to vote
    • Oct. 13
    • Check your voter registration status here
  • Vote in-person early at your local registrar’s office or designated satellite locations until Saturday, October 31st. Dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
  • Absentee ballot deadlines: 
  • Return ballot by mail: Postmarked by Nov. 3
  • Election Day, November 3, 2020! 
    • Polls open from 6 AM to 7 PM (voters must be in line by 7 PM)
    • Find your polling location here
    • CALL or TEXT the National Election Protection hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) to get voting help from a trained Election Protection volunteer.

Get Involved and Get Out the VOTE (GOTV)

Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP) is starting Civic Engagement Fall next week – six-week non-partisan voter registration and get-out-the-vote program. Sign up today if you are interested in becoming a part of the final push to get out the vote in the 2020 General Election. VICPP will have a 30-Day GOTV Action Calendar offering daily opportunities for you to get involved and create your personal and/or congregation action plan. Messages, resources, and toolkits will be provided, but you can also create your own. By signing up, you will help VICPP coordinate statewide efforts, amplify what you and/or your congregation is doing, and facilitate timely communication of updates directly to you.


Virginia is Leading the Country in Votes Cast So Far!

Nearly half a million people have voted early in-person and by mail since voting began September 18th. Record numbers of Virginians are voting early and requesting absentee ballots this year, as COVID-19 pandemic and new election laws became effective this summer. Voters have until October 31st to vote-early in person.

Wedding Photographer and Ministries Challenge Virginia Values Act

Early this year, Virginia became the first Southern state to pass sweeping LGBT rights legislation that bans discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. Gov. Ralph Northam signed the Virginia Values Act into law, and it took effect July 1. A wedding photographer and a group of Christian ministries have filed separate lawsuits against a new Virginia law that bans discrimination against lesbian, gay and transgender people — and, the plaintiffs say, forces them to violate their “core convictions.” Read more. 

Job Opportunities

Communications Director, NARAL-VA

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia seeks a full-time Communications Director to work with their staff members to develop and implement communications strategies to advance goals across policy, advocacy, grassroots outreach, elections, and culture change work. Click here to learn more about the position. 

2020 Fall Canvassers, NAKASEC

NAKASEC VA is hiring part-time Canvassers for our 2020 civic engagement campaign. This is a unique opportunity to share important voting information to Virginia residents’ doorsteps, and directly talk with them in phone and text conversations. Learn more about the position here!

Community Organizer, TWU

Tenants and Workers United is seeking a full-time Community Organizer to help build community power and advance social justice in northern Virginia to win sustainable changes to improve our quality of life. Learn more and apply here.

Communications Manager, VCN

The Virginia Conservation Network (VCN) seeks a committed and motivated individual to join our leadership team and oversee internal and external communications campaigns for the organization. The Communications & Campaigns Manager will work with VCN’s staff & Network Partners to develop and implement strategic and creative communications initiatives to advance climate action, restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay, create access to parks and trails, ensure environmental justice for all and more. Learn more and apply here.  

Upcoming Events

People Powered, Virtual Vote Rally

October 2 – Join activists from across the country to virtually celebrate our work and engage around voter access and building a healthy democracy. Register for the People Powered Vote Rally to participate in this beautiful and skill-deepening space where we can build collective power! Sign up for the People Powered Virtual Vote Rally! They will livestream the rally on State Voices Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube on Oct. 2 at 3p.

Election Protection Facebook Live!

October 7- This election season, you have many options to vote safely and securely to keep yourself safe during the pandemic. To add an extra layer of security, Election Protection is here to ensure that eligible voters have equal access to the ballot box, provide voters with information, guidance and assistance, and respond to reports of voter suppression or obstacles to voting. Join Progress Virginia and the VCET from 12-12:50 PM to learn about Election Protection in Virginia this election season! Watch Live on Facebook.

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