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Alexandria, Va.: Hi Stacy, I have received two census forms. I got one two weeks ago, filled it out and sent it back and then received a second one yesterday. I didn't check the address on the first one but the one on the form yesterday had my correct address. Should I fill out both forms and mail them in or just trash this 2nd set?
Stacy Gimbel: Hi Alexandria, you just need to mail back one form, so it sounds like you're good to go. It sounds like you may have received what we call a "replacement questionnaire." Those have started going out this week. We've learned from research that people (thankfully you weren't one of them!) often put their census forms aside thinking they'll get to them later. Unfortunately, sometimes that form gets lost under a pile of other mail and forgotten about. So - we've learned we get a boost in response if we send another form. Thanks for filling yours out! Feel free to toss the other one in a way you're comfortable with.
The 2010 Census forms arrive this week at 120 million addresses across the country. Each piece of Census mail comes with a unique barcode that lets the U.S. Postal Service and the bureau track individual letters as they travel to and from the bureau. Each time a letter zips through sorting equipment—typically five times between the initial mailing and delivery—it generates data that are fed into a computer system that lets the bureau monitor its progress.
The Census Bureau can check on what letters have been delivered, residents who have changed their addresses, homes and apartments that are unoccupied and who has returned their Census form, all in real time.
...The close monitoring of the mail is giving privacy advocates and others pause. "I would certainly agree it's more invasive of people's privacy," said Rep. Ron Paul, a Texas Republican, who has opposed the Census because it goes beyond a simple headcount, asking residents 10 questions, including names, ages, race and sex. "It's the environment we live in; the government knows every single thing. It just means there is more pressure, and more likelihood, that you are going to be fined by the government." Rep. Paul was the sole "no" vote on a House resolution this month to encourage participation in the 2010 Census. [/ex]
Originally posted by kyred
I haven't sent mine in yet, because the first form specifically asks about people who lived in my household on April 1, 2010. How would I know the answer to that until today? duh. My mail will be picked up tomorrow and my census form will be posted then.