The Clock is Ticking …

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Written by: Director Robert Groves

I had a press conference Monday to announce that we all had just a few days, until Friday, April 16, to return forms received at our homes. The date was chosen to have some strong assurance that if we all made that deadline, the Postal Service and the Census Bureau processing centers would have enough time to receive and process the forms, deleting them from the list of addresses we will visit starting May 1.

We will continue accepting mailed-back forms after that date, but with each passing day there is less chance of deleting them from our list of nonrespondent cases to visit.

I also announced that those who haven’t received a form or who have lost their form can call 1-866-872-6868 either to get a form mailed to them or to answer the questions on the telephone. Alternatively, they could visit any of the 40,000 questionnaire assistance centers to obtain a form. Finally, there are many “be counted” displays in grocery stores, community centers, and libraries, where forms are available.

If we cannot match the address you write on these forms to one of our addresses on our master list, you may find that we visit your home to verify that we have associated your form with the correct physical location. Please be patient if our census taker asks you to repeat your answers to the questions. All of our efforts are focused on counting everyone once and only once, and in the right place.

As of today, there are just three days left to meet the April 16 deadline. But that’s not the end of the game – we’ll be following up with every non responding household with some 700,000 locally-hired temporary workers starting May 1.

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7 Responses to The Clock is Ticking …

  1. Bess says:

    I have a major objection on how the census bureau is pushing forward the gay/lesbian/transgenders agenda. How dare the Census put out questions on the sheet that make it so if you are “married” and gay/lesbian you can say that you’re married. Yet it isn’t even legal in most states to be married and gay! Also we are hearing that the census workers are telling the men to put down that they are a woman if they cross dress! Why is the Census Bureau going against what has already been set up in this nation and pushing an agenda for the gays/lesbians/transgenders?

  2. DP says:

    Bess,
    You apparently haven’t looked at your Census form this year. On not one single question does it ask if you are even married. The closest it comes is question 2 when it asks if any ADDITIONAL people were left out of question 1 such as children or roommates. So why are you on here ranting when you don’t even know what you are talking about??? http://2010.census.gov/2010census/how/interactive-form.php
    I suggest you go to the above link and read through each and every question on the Census form this year, THEN I suggest that you do your patriotic duty and fill it out and mail it back!

  3. Annie says:

    Census forms are not specific to states. “Most” is not all. Census workers record what the person says in response to the question. They do not tell people what to choose but offer them a selection and a space to record an answer if they do not find it among the choices.

  4. Li says:

    To director:
    I am a professor at a state university, My son and I have not received the forms until today. I actually called the number on this link around the end of March expressed my concern. I asked the opportunity to provide my address; the gentleman assured me that I would receive the form. However, that has not happen until today.
    I am a public employee and it seems to me it would be unforgivable mistakes for not emailing me the form, my address is public information. From the statistics I have learned, from my case, I would seriously challenge the accuracy of this year’s censor data.

  5. Jimmie D. Phelps says:

    I sent in my form , but I now realize the address was not correct. What should I do? , or will they find the mistake and come to my right address????

  6. Jimmie, The 2010 Census mail-out is the largest single delivery ever undertaken by the United States – over 120 million forms were mailed this week. To streamline delivery in a mailing this large, mailing addresses in a particular ZIP code sometimes were all labeled using a single city name that is valid for the ZIP code, even though some people in that area usually receive mail addressed to a different city name. This is not a problem because for many addresses there are multiple city names that are perfectly acceptable for accurate delivery. It will NOT affect which city, town or block your household’s responses will be assigned to when we tabulate census results.
    The actual physical location of your address has been verified for accuracy. The 20-digit identification number on your form links back to our master address and geographic files where we store the information about the correct geographic location to which your housing unit belongs. This geographic information was verified last year by census workers who physically located each housing unit on the ground and assigned the housing units a “geocode” using special census maps and GPS coordinates.
    If you received a form at your address, you’re fine. We ask that you please fill it out and mail it back, just as it is. We will place your return with the right area. If you got the form, we have coded your house to the right geography. Your actual city will receive the credit for your responses, regardless of what the mailing label says.

  7. With the last census, we could not counted. We had moved to a new area, no census info. was mailed to us, when we called and requested it, it never came. Guess there is no need to count people living in newly developed areas?
    Silliness.

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