Still haven't filled out your Census 2010 questionnaire? You're in luck: the Census Bureau has extended the deadline to mail back forms to tomorrow, Friday, April 16! Those who haven't received Census forms can interview over the phone by calling the Telephone Questionnaire Assistance line at (866) 872-6868. For complete information, visit the 2010 Census homepage.
After May 1, if you have not filled out and returned a form, a Census taker will contact you at home. Here is some information on what happens next and what to expect:
Who is a Census taker?
A person from your community who is hired by the Census Bureau to make sure your neighborhood gets represented as accurately as possible. The Census worker's primary responsibility is to collect Census information from residences that have not sent back their 2010 Census forms.
What should I do when the Census taker visits?
First ask to see his or her ID. All Census workers carry official government badges marked with just their names; they may also have a "U.S. Census Bureau" bag. Answer the Census form questions for your entire household so the Census taker can record the results for submission to the Census Bureau. If you prefer, you can schedule a visit with your Census taker by calling your local Census office.
Do I have to talk to the Census taker?
Yes. Your participation in the 2010 Census is vital to your community and required by law.
What about the privacy and the confidentiality of my answers?
Protecting your privacy and the confidentiality of your personal information is a top priority of the Census Bureau. The Census taker who collects your information is sworn for life to protect your data. The Census Bureau uses your information to produce statistics. Your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.
The U.S. Census happens only once every 10 years - and with the distribution of $400 billion in federal funds per year at stake, it's too important to miss. Fill out and mail your questionnaire by this weekend, and make sure your family and friends know what's at stake. For more information on confidentiality, what to expect from Census takers, or what to do if you still haven't received your form, click here.
P.S. Census takers will start making visits on May 1st. Visit our Facebook page and tell us about your Census experience.
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