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Time to Mail Back Census Form, Deadline April 16

By Herald Staff

Three Days Left to Mail Back 2010 Census Forms
Residents who need a form are encouraged to visit “Be Counted” sites
Today marks the three-day countdown for residents across America to mail
back their 2010 Census questionnaires. Households that return their forms
after Friday, April 16, may still be visited by census workers, who begin
going door-to-door to collect census responses on May 1.
Residents are encouraged to promptly mail back their forms, but for
those who have lost or did not receive a census form in the mail, there is
help available. Households can pick up a Be Counted form at nearly 39,000
community locations nationwide. These replacement forms are available in
multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese
and Russian. To find a Be Counted site, visit 2010census.gov (see “Need
Help with Your Form”) or search the Take 10 map at
http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map.
“Nationwide, about 66% percent of households have mailed back their
census forms. In 2000, the mail participation rate was 72 percent,” U.S.
Census Bureau Director Robert Groves said. “Residents who fail to mail back
their forms by April 16 may be visited by a census worker in May.”
ABOUT THE 2010 CENSUS
The 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the United States and
is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Census data are used to apportion
congressional seats to states, to distribute more than $400 billion in
federal funds to tribal, state and local governments each year and to make
decisions about what community services to provide. The 2010 Census form is
one of the shortest in U.S. history, consisting of 10 questions, taking
about 10 minutes to complete. Strict confidentiality laws protect the
respondents and the information they provide.

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