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U.S. Census Forms Due 15 March 2010
Next year is a federal census year. The 2010 census will count over 300 million people in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Samoa, Guam, the Northern Marianas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. On 15 March 2010 the form will arrive in your mailbox. A public relations campaign to encourage people to participate will begin soon.
Planning for the last census in 2000 resulted in a U.S. Supreme Court decision in January 1999 that the use of sampling was prohibited. As a result, images of all household census forms were copied onto microfilm. If you were a person who elected to make a marginal note on that form for your descendants to read, that note will be available for posterity in 2072.
With the next decennial census, public feedback has led the U.S. Census Bureau to scrap plans to use handheld computers to collect information from 10% of the total leaving no hardcopy forms. Now forms will be made for all households.
Our V.P. is tracking this topic:
Melinde Sanborn, FASG