Census workers can enter your apartment in your absence

Thousands of census workers, including many temporary employees, are fanning out across America to gather information on the citizenry.  This is a process that takes place not only every decade in order to complete the constitutionally-mandated census; but also as part of the continuing “American Community Survey” conducted by the Census Bureau on a regular basis year in and year out.

What many Americans don’t realize, is that census workers — from the head of the Bureau and the Secretary of Commerce (its parent agency) down to the lowliest and newest Census employee — are empowered under federal law to actually demand access to any apartment or any other type of home or room that is rented out, in order to count persons in the abode and for “the collection of statistics.”  If the landlord of such apartment or other  leased premises refuses to grant the government worker access to your living quarters, whether you are present or not, the landlord can be fined $500.00.

That’s right — not only can citizens be fined if they fail to answer the increasingly intrusive questions asked of them by the federal government under the guise of simply counting the number of people in the country; but a landlord must give them access to your apartment whether you’re there or not, in order to gather whatever “statistics” the law permits.

In fact, some census workers apparently are going even further and demanding — and receiving — private cell phone numbers from landlords in order to call tenants and obtain information from them.  Isn’t it great to live in a “free” country?

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Jaymann

May 28th, 2010
11:58 am

AHannah wrote:

if they have the balls & spine to enter my house where my 120-lb police-trained German Shepherd lives – then enter at your own risk. We are locked and loaded for these ACORN thugs! There are over a dozen reports around the US of the Census hiring pedophiles, convicted rapists, and illegals who are forcing their way into homes and raping women in the home.
The 2nd Amendment applies before the 4th — if you enter my home, without my permission – good luck! I would especially love it if you do work for ACORN, SEIU, the black panthers, or the other thug groups OPovertyPimpDaddy pays!

Well, AHannah, your posted comments are as ill-informed as Bob Barr’s blog.
Census workers are federal employees. As such, they undergo federal background security checks. They also are fingerprinted, which would screen out anyone arrested and/or convicted of being, as you claimed, ” pedophiles, convicted rapists, and illegals.”
And thanks for lumping me in with “ACORN, SEIU, the black panthers, or the other thug groups OPovertyPimpDaddy pays!”
You are, as evidenced by your own words, a racist … and an idiot.

Daddy Bob

May 28th, 2010
12:00 pm

Is that an ascott Bob is wearing?

Stephanie

May 28th, 2010
12:02 pm

Well I DID fill out a card, and the census worker has been hounding me for weeks. Nice waste of our tax dollars and a waste of trees, since I have at least 2 cards a day are left on my door.

PowerPC

May 28th, 2010
12:03 pm

“Well, I’ve been working with the census this year and this is clearly false.

Maybe there is some high up rule giving census workers this ability, but it is NOT one I was trained to do.”
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This is not “clearly false” and I seriously doubt that this is a (”high up rule”?????) either. It is in their rules or standard operating procedures. Even if the rule is not taught to every census worker they will and have used it. The Census Bureau needs to be sued because this “rule” is clearly unconstitutional. I am sick and tired of this administration acting as if though they are above the law. I think if this rule was used regularly that there would be a lot of wounded census workers in intensive care.

paul

May 28th, 2010
12:04 pm

please enter my house without a warrant or my permission and meet my gun!

Red

May 28th, 2010
12:04 pm

Funny, being as census workers are direct federal employees, they fall directly under the domain of the 4th amendment restrictions to searches. I could see someone taking this to court under a 4th amendment / civil rights violation. I just can’t see census workers forcing their way into a home as a “reasonable search” under the 4th.

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JustaTool

May 28th, 2010
12:06 pm

I’m currently doing census work and this article is generally wrong in what it is inferring. No where in the training and the ongoing conversations is there any suggestion that it is OK to forcibly, or without consent enter a house or apartment. Rather, the opposite is encouraged. No census worker of good conscience would put themselves in such a precarious situation. The people who are doing this work with me are respectable individuals.

I am not some big government type guy. Quite the opposite. The questions are basic and non intrusive( name, age, race and who was living at the residence). The article is making this job more difficult and potentially making it more dangerous for me by leading the general public to distrust the census worker who are your fellow neighbors!

Steve

May 28th, 2010
12:08 pm

The constitutional purpose for the survey is to count the number of people in the country to allocate congressional seats. The tax and spend liberals, who are taking over the country, are using the census survey as a tool to help them spend taxpayer money. They openly advertise this. There is absolutely no constitutional authority for the census to be used for anything other than counting the number of people.

Mark Buehner

May 28th, 2010
12:08 pm

“The questions are basic and non intrusive( name, age, race and who was living at the residence).”

You must be handing out different census forms than the one I got.

T. Hodgson

May 28th, 2010
12:08 pm

You people who cite the wording of the law and say that Bob is taking it too far, are just too funny. Unless every building manager and apartment owner has a lawyer on hand when the census workers appear and demand entry, entry to individual units is exactly what they will get. The wording is actually vague enough by not explicitly stating entry to individual units is forbidden, that entry to individual units is exactly what less than honest census worker will demand and get. Plus the imposter who is posing as a census worker is surly going to get entry.

Jackson -5

May 28th, 2010
12:10 pm

WRONG – Census workers can enter your apartment in your absence

RIGHT – Census workers can enter your apartment BUILDING in your absence

A manager should give access to an apartment building OR provide names… one OR the other..

“Whoever, being the owner, proprietor, manager, superintendent, or agent of any hotel, apartment house, boarding or lodging house, tenement, or other building, refuses or willfully neglects, when requested by the Secretary or by any other officer or employee of the Department of Commerce or bureau or agency thereof, acting under the instructions of the Secretary, to furnish the names of the occupants of such premises, or to give free ingress thereto and egress therefrom to any duly accredited representative of such Department or bureau or agency thereof, so as to permit the collection of statistics with respect to any census provided for in subchapters I and II of chapter 5 of this title, or any survey authorized by subchapter IV or V of such chapter insofar as such survey relates to any of the subjects for which censuses are provided by such subchapters I and II, including, when relevant to the census or survey being taken or made, the proper and correct enumeration of all persons having their usual place of abode in such premises, shall be fined not more than $500.”

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode13/usc_sec_13_00000223—-000-.html

Kurt

May 28th, 2010
12:11 pm

And in my state (Maryland), I have the right to carry a gun on my hip in my yard or in my home. It is a legal right and I will be sure to be armed when they come to my door and yes for the very reason of intimidation. The Constitution guarantees me to be secure in my home which includes papers and effects.

The Constitution does NOT give right for them to collect any additional information beyond how many people live in my home. It only speaks of the manner or how that information is collected. It does not warrant the collection of any additional information.

What are you going to do in 10 years (provided we still exist) when they ask you how many firearms you have in your home? Questions as to whether or not you own a home or what your income is are both a violation of the Constitution.

Jackson -5

May 28th, 2010
12:11 pm

Your an idiot T Hodgson.. all census workers are trained and told to never ask to go in a home.. fool..

Jackson -5

May 28th, 2010
12:12 pm

maybe that You’re.. haha

yral

May 28th, 2010
12:12 pm

for all of the talk about Census Bureau law, policy and training, i’m struck by 3 things:
- these are temporary workers who will, more or less, follow their training;
- ACORN and its reincarnations will be providing a large number of workers (last i heard);
- and, in EVERY case, the citizen who is met by a representative of the FEDERAL gov’t will cooperate based on their knowledge (or lack thereof) of the census process, their duty as a citizen, and their individual rights.

so, in many cases, the Feds will get all the info they want and more, to be used for the good and to the detriment–sometimes one, sometimes both–of the American citizenry.

Jackson -5

May 28th, 2010
12:12 pm

make that! You’re

Jackson -6

May 28th, 2010
12:13 pm

WRONG – Census workers can enter your apartment in your absence

RIGHT – Census workers can enter your apartment BUILDING in your absence

A manager should give access to an apartment building OR provide names… one OR the other..

“Whoever, being the owner, proprietor, manager, superintendent, or agent of any hotel, apartment house, boarding or lodging house, tenement, or other building, refuses or willfully neglects, when requested by the Secretary or by any other officer or employee of the Department of Commerce or bureau or agency thereof, acting under the instructions of the Secretary, to furnish the names of the occupants of such premises, or to give free ingress thereto and egress therefrom to any duly accredited representative of such Department or bureau or agency thereof, so as to permit the collection of statistics with respect to any census provided for in subchapters I and II of chapter 5 of this title, or any survey authorized by subchapter IV or V of such chapter insofar as such survey relates to any of the subjects for which censuses are provided by such subchapters I and II, including, when relevant to the census or survey being taken or made, the proper and correct enumeration of all persons having their usual place of abode in such premises, shall be fined not more than $500.”

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode13/usc_sec_13_00000223—-000-.html

Lei

May 28th, 2010
12:13 pm

@ Real Athens

“Unless, of course the right to privacy applies to you: As when your ex-wife Gail…”

Why did you feel the need to drag Mr. Barr’s EX-WIFE into the conversation? Your so blithely posting that information for the entire world to see could be very painful and embarrassing to her. SHE did not write this article (as far as I can know, anything is possible, I suppose).

Your other comments were spot-on. But, your unthinking, unfeeling comments about his EX-WIFE negate any good intentions you may have had by doing so.

Greg Anderson

May 28th, 2010
12:14 pm

We home school our kids, yesterday we studied the war for independance has any one read that declaration lately, I think it is time to pull it out and read it. The tea party was just a step towards freedom where would we be if that is all they did.

Brian Reeves

May 28th, 2010
12:15 pm

Why not put some links / evidence ? When you use “Some” census workers, etc. without any documents, news stories, quotes, links, citations, etc. it makes it smell like disinfo intended to a. inflame us b. discredit us.

Discuss..

Mike

May 28th, 2010
12:16 pm

“Increasingly intrusive questions” is, uh, an grossly overstating the situation, to say the least.

But go ahead, get paranoid. Don’t fill out your census form. And I can’t wait to hear about it when your district loses seats in Congress at the expense of you and your needlessly freaked-out friends.

Look Deep Than This

May 28th, 2010
12:16 pm

Someone ask, why is this necessary ?

Welp, when you were born, a Bond was created and floated in the marketplace.
Based on the number of people in each state, the returns are dived up and the appropriate percentage is sent to the state you reside in.

Now HERE’S the kicker….this money is Actually YOURS … and held in TRUST.
Get It?…..
Research this fact, don’t take anyone’s info…including mine as truth, but research and you will see each and everyone of us has a small fortune OWED to us.

Bingo!

Mike

May 28th, 2010
12:16 pm

That’s complete crap, how about the census worker who lied about himself and used a false name and ssn to become one. He turned out to be a rapist. How many people did he hurt before he was caught. I don’t let no one in my house that I don’t know anyway, why would I let someone in when I’m not there?

Fritzendoodle

May 28th, 2010
12:17 pm

but in texas we can play the game a little different, we’ll just politely let them in , then say they broke in, then give them a good ole fashion texas salute!

Brian Reeves

May 28th, 2010
12:19 pm

us, being anyone who might feel that the census might be SMART to stick to the number and perhaps the Age of residents.

Rob

May 28th, 2010
12:20 pm

Bob – This isn’t true. Census Workers are NOT allowed into peoples homes. This is an irresponsible article. I am also a Temporary Census worker who is in charge of training the people who go door to door.

There is NOTHING in our training Manuals that say we have any right to go into peoples homes. As a matter of fact, we are encouraged to refuse any invite into a person’s home.

Another Census Employee

May 28th, 2010
12:21 pm

Dear Mr Barr,

I am a Field Operations Supervisor for the US Census. My political beliefs also happen to be decidedly conservative. I have responsibility for the safety of about 130 people who are visiting homes thoughout our area as part of their duty as census workers. This group includes homemakers, students, retirees, and many people who lost their jobs in the recession and are trying to take care of their families; they are not by any stretch of the imagination career government employees and I imagine their political beliefs are as varied as the rest of the country. I don’t think I need to reiterate what numerous other commenters have noted as far as your apparent misunderstanding of the law and census procedures. What I do want to note is the number of commenters that are not reading or believing these clarifications and are writing to suggest they will injure or kill anyone who enters their home. Given the current understandable level of mistrust fo the govenrment, a column like yours which has now been linked to by the Drudge Report can inflame individuals that are close to the breaking point. My concern is that someone who has read your column may encounter a census worker, believe he may try to enter his home and react in a way that could lead to tragedy. Frankly if that happens you will bear some measure of the responsibility. I therefore sincerely ask that you please do a little more research into the exact meaning of the law. If you find that the law only requires managers of apartment complexes and gated communities to allow us access to the building or community and not the individual living units that you publish a correction. I would be very grateful if you would consider this. One of the things I admire about many of the conservative columnists and bloggers I read is that when they discover they have misinterpreted a situation or have gotten the facts wrong they readily acknowledge their error. With liberals I have found this not always to be the case. I hope you will take this high road

With respect to the actual questions on the census I too have reservations about some of the questions, but please note if you refuse to answer a question although the enumerator may explain why the question is being asked in the hopes you will change your mind, he or she is instructed that if the respondent continues to object he should just move on to the next question.

I hope that all the people threatening to shoot our census workers understand that these are not “Obama’s minions” they are your neighbors, very possibly a conservative, someone’s mother or father, trying to do a job so they can support their familiy. They will never enter your home without your permission and if you politely(or even impolitely) ask them to leave, they will. Please reseve your guns and your attack dogs for the real bad guys.

Earth Angel

May 28th, 2010
12:24 pm

Oh and do not forget that they too lend their “eyes” to alert social services to file false allegations of suspected child abuse as they have been in your residence for five minutes and are either psychic or are able to analyze a situation better than a professional. And with that they can take away your child and not let you see them for six months and then claim all is better and give you back your child without an apology….that is what a census worker did in Canada….oh and it is not a crime!

JustaTool

May 28th, 2010
12:24 pm

Mark Buehner,
That is all census workers are given to retrieve from there work load. You may have been sent a longer version by mail. I think that a certain small percent are sent a more complicated form( intrusive) by mail but that is basically all the census worker is asked to get.

Nestor

May 28th, 2010
12:25 pm

I sent in my census form, but they stopped by anyway I let two of the dogs out when they knocked on the door, one was a German Shepard puppy. They were afraid of the puppy and asked that I bring them back in the house.

I told them all the information they needed to know, how many people live here and our ages. I was asked if I own the house and if I have a mortgage on the house. I told them that was none of their business. I told the I would not be answering anymore questions and would be letting the dogs outside again. They left quickly. Again, he is just a playful puppy.

HW

May 28th, 2010
12:26 pm

I chased one of them idiots off my property before and I’ll chase off any that come again.
The reality is the census folks have NEVER convicted a citizen for not taking part. I will tell them how many people live here and that is it. Press the issue and some dummy worker is gonna be running hard to get off my property. My property is just that, mine. NO ONE enters without my permission, no one. They do this kind of crap because people are sheeple. I’m no sheep and will fight anyone who tries to enter my house.

first/last time reader

May 28th, 2010
12:26 pm

lol bob youre an idiot. sweet article.

Gray Champion

May 28th, 2010
12:27 pm

I am willing to answer the Census and give answers to any questions regarding counting persons. I will not allow access to my property unless the government officials arrive with a warrant. I stand on the Fourth amendment.

tell-the-truth-dammit

May 28th, 2010
12:28 pm

THIS IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE. Bob Barr is a BS artist.

Census workers get access to apartment hallways
and couryards so they can knock on doors with
apartment numbers on them. That’s all. This
is the same logic that requires law enforcement
to get a search warrant for each numbered
door. Hallways and courtyards are common
areas, and the privacy is on the othre side of
the door with an address number.

Enumerators would be fired on the spot if they
were caught entering any residence uninvited.
I’m an enumerator and we were told in training
that we are not even allowed to look into
windows to see if the places are vacant or not.
Back yards ? Only if there’s a second housing
unit in the back yard, or if the resident is home
in the back and doesn’t answer the front door.
But if there’s a gate, and we can’t see the
resident, then opening that gate is a no-no.

THERE IS PLENTY GONE WRONG WITH OUR
CIVIL LIBERTIES, WITHOUT MAKING STUFF UP.

Jackson -9

May 28th, 2010
12:31 pm

WRONG – Census workers can enter your apartment in your absence

RIGHT – Census workers can enter your apartment BUILDING in your absence

A manager should give access to an apartment building OR provide names… one OR the other..

“Whoever, being the owner, proprietor, manager, superintendent, or agent of any hotel, apartment house, boarding or lodging house, tenement, or other building, refuses or willfully neglects, when requested by the Secretary or by any other officer or employee of the Department of Commerce or bureau or agency thereof, acting under the instructions of the Secretary, to furnish the names of the occupants of such premises, or to give free ingress thereto and egress therefrom to any duly accredited representative of such Department or bureau or agency thereof, so as to permit the collection of statistics with respect to any census provided for in subchapters I and II of chapter 5 of this title, or any survey authorized by subchapter IV or V of such chapter insofar as such survey relates to any of the subjects for which censuses are provided by such subchapters I and II, including, when relevant to the census or survey being taken or made, the proper and correct enumeration of all persons having their usual place of abode in such premises, shall be fined not more than $500.”

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode13/usc_sec_13_00000223—-000-.html

Rob

May 28th, 2010
12:32 pm

It’s important all you fans of Mr. Barr understand that these Census workers going door to door, are TEMPORARY employees, most of whom just got hired the last week of April. They are not Left wing government thugs, they are no different than your neighbors, just trying to do some honest work.

So before you start accusing them of breaking into your houses or reporting you to the government, please do some research.

1. We are NOT allowed to enter your home
2. We are NOT allowed to report you to anyone, not even share the info with members of our own family.

So put away your dogs and your guns. All we are doing is continuing the work that was started in the late 1700’s

Jackson *

May 28th, 2010
12:33 pm

WRONG – Census workers can enter your apartment in your absence

RIGHT – Census workers can enter your apartment BUILDING in your absence

A manager should give access to an apartment building OR provide names… one OR the other..

“Whoever, being the owner, proprietor, manager, superintendent, or agent of any hotel, apartment house, boarding or lodging house, tenement, or other building, refuses or willfully neglects, when requested by the Secretary or by any other officer or employee of the Department of Commerce or bureau or agency thereof, acting under the instructions of the Secretary, to furnish the names of the occupants of such premises, or to give free ingress thereto and egress therefrom to any duly accredited representative of such Department or bureau or agency thereof, so as to permit the collection of statistics with respect to any census provided for in subchapters I and II of chapter 5 of this title, or any survey authorized by subchapter IV or V of such chapter insofar as such survey relates to any of the subjects for which censuses are provided by such subchapters I and II, including, when relevant to the census or survey being taken or made, the proper and correct enumeration of all persons having their usual place of abode in such premises, shall be fined not more than $500.”

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode13/usc_sec_13_00000223—-000-.html

Udouche!

May 28th, 2010
12:34 pm

Bob Barr needs to crawl back under one of the mistresses he had on his congressional payroll. Hopefully one with huge rolls of fat that flop over his ears – and mouth!

tell-the-truth-dammit

May 28th, 2010
12:35 pm

EARTH ANGEL, you don’t know what you are talking about.
You wrote about a census worker in Canada. Last time I
checked, that was a different government with different
rules.

For the US Census, U.S.C. Title 13 applies. Census workers
can be hit with a $250,000 fine and 5 years in the graybar
hotel for revealing stuff.

Do citizens need to answer ? Well, the Constitution requires
the census. Where it gets dicey is just how much info you,
as a citizen have to really answer. AFAIK, there are no
penalties for refusing to answer, and the enumerators were
told to *never* say anthing that could sound like a “consequence”
for refusing to answer. When we get refusals, we are required
to ask neighbors, and of course their privacy is protected.

So what is the point of refusing to answer the Census ? It’s a
stupid little trick that doesn’t preserve your privacy in the least
because if the big bad government really wants to know, they
have far far far more info on your IRS tax return. All it does is
slow down the census and burn tax money.

JohnyQ

May 28th, 2010
12:35 pm

Hmmm , now where did I put that 357.m ??

Cargosquid

May 28th, 2010
12:38 pm

This is a blatant falsehood. As a census worker, I’m not even allowed to enter your home with the homeowner’s consent. Specific instructions have been given to decline ANY invitations to enter a home. Landlords are not allowed to give access. In fact these supposedly oppressed land lords are not even giving out information other than that the apartment was rented or not.

Some have been given permission from their companies to give name and race.

The questions that are being asked are name, age, Hispanic? and race. That’s it.

Ltpar

May 28th, 2010
12:38 pm

I concur with others who have suggested that the article was over reaching.

In reading the Section relating to access, it seems to be clear that the application is on entry to buildings and not individual living units within those buildings.

On the requirement that the names of occupants be provided, I think a person would be on safe ground to demand a written request signed by someone higher in the pecking order than the census collector before such information is released. After receiving the written request, the landlord could have their attorney look at it to see if privacy laws might be violated by releasing tenants names. With identity theft being what it is today, privacy standards have gone to the top of the list of priorities, by both individuals and businesses. There may even be case law on the books which would counter Federal requirements for a third party being forced to provide such information. It is likely some Census Bureau Supervisors would refuse to sign such a letter, because of the potential for civil liability on their part.

Brian Z

May 28th, 2010
12:38 pm

The Census is a wonderful thing, actually. I found many of my descendants using past census numbers. Those of you saying, “Who knows how that information will be shared?” are complete idiots. When I filled out the Census I was thinking about my descendants looking for information on me and their bloodline. It also tells the government how many family members, especially children, live in a residence. This allows budget adjustments to schools and government offices.

This article is complete drivel. The author should be ashamed of himself. As a writer myself, if I wrote an article like this without doing appropriate research, I would be fired.

Which is it people?:

The government is inept and can’t run anything successfully? or
The government wants to know everything about you so they can follow you around and sell your personal information to any business with the right amount of money?

It’s really annoying to read some of these crap comments from people that attended “college” and learned how to smoke weed and drink underage and are supposedly called “educated”. Some of you should be fixed so you don’t reproduce.

Right Wingnut

May 28th, 2010
12:42 pm

“Yeah, and they can also demand that conservatives stop being a bunch of paranoid nutjobs. That doesn’t work, either.

Fox News consistently uses half-truths to stir up the ignorant conservative masses, exactly what Barr does here.”
Amazing, and duplicitous as hell.
A vaquely written law that can have broad interpretation regarding individual privacy is a rpime target for abuses, and Libs are OK with it so long as ther ei s a Socialists in residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. But let a Conservative write a national security law the legally allows for the monitoring of over-seas calls, and suddenly the Fascists are on the March! You Libs are a curious bunch of loons.

Sue

May 28th, 2010
12:43 pm

Great! They will need to clean the fridge out, vacuum, dust, clean kitchen and bathroom. If they threw in a couple loads of laundry, it would be appreciated. Hell, they can move in with me if they want to (then I would qualify for government $) The invitation is open to you census workers, but keep in mind, I’m a rabid conservative and you would be required to listen to Fox, Glenn Beck, Limbaugh and my ramblings daily.

Keri

May 28th, 2010
12:43 pm

While the Constitution states to “enumerate”, the American Community Survey goes a marathon further. That survey asks questions such as “How many time have you been married? What time does the last person leave for work at your residence? How many hours did you take off from work last year? How much did you pay on your power bill last month? Do you have difficulty dressing or bathing?”, etc. The survey takes well over 2 hours to complete. You don’t know how it feels to be interrogated until you receive this survey–which by the way, is in the trash. I wouldn’t even tell my neighbor this information, much less a stranger. Wait until you get one.

John

May 28th, 2010
12:44 pm

This report is sensationalism. I operate a small census crew. If someone refuses to take questions, we have been told to continue asking OR GET A NEIGHBOR TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS as best they can. Worst case scenario, the EQ for that home contains no data for our record. No one is allowed to come inside anyone’s home without permission, THAT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN. no one can force their way into your home. No census worker can threaten anyone, and generally census workers aren’t instructed to tell people ANY consequence will come of not answering the questions beyond “someone else will be in contact with you or your neighbors”. “Increasingly intrusive” is an unfair depiction. The Census takers are only asking for the # of people in the home, their names, gender, age,race and information pertaining to where they were bedding down on the evening of April 1. It must be a slow news day in the mind of this blogger. Lies are printed more frequently at such times. Meanwhile, maybe this country will do this modest task with understanding. It’s only a Constitutional requirement in place since 1790.

Viperkat

May 28th, 2010
12:44 pm

I don’t know about the rest of you but when the Census Taker and started her schpiel, I told her that two people lived in the house and that I didn’t want to give her any personal information… that was 30 days ago and no one has tried to contact me. Even your Landlord does not have the legal right to enter your domain without giving reasonable notice (9th District Fed Court). I have looked in the Federal Code and can find nothing which tells me about a right of the Census Worker to enter a private home without the expressed authority of the tenet…it’s called the 4th Amendment. They need a Warrant to make entry legal.

Sherry Hoover

May 28th, 2010
12:44 pm

I have been involved with this census since last year, and we have been taught that we are not to even open a storm door just a crack to stick a notice of our visit inside…much less enter a home.