Why NOT fill out your Census form?

I’ve heard a lot of complaining about filling out the Census forms, and I can’t quite get a handle on why people wouldn’t want to turn in this information.

The Census form includes several explainers in the paperwork quoting a federal law and reassure people that their information will not be turned over to the IRS or any form of law enforcement. So I guess people are worried about being turned over the IRS or immigration or some other law enforcement agency.

I’m not sure how realistic that fear is if there is a federal law stating they can’t share that information with any other agency.

From the U.S. Census Web site:

Protecting your information

Federal law protects your information, and we have developed policies and statistical safeguards to help us follow the law and further ensure the confidentiality of your information. 1

“Your Information Is
CONFIDENTIAL
We never identify you individually.

1. Federal Law

Title 13 of the U.S. Code protects the confidentiality of all your information. Violating this law is a crime with severe penalties.

2. Privacy Principles

Our Privacy Principles are guidelines that cover all of our activities. These principles encompass both our responsibilities to protect your information and your rights as a respondent. They apply to the information we collect and the statistics we publish.

3. Statistical Safeguards

Statistical methods ensure that the statistics we release do not identify individuals or businesses. These methods include extensive review and analysis of all our data products, as well as disclosure avoidance methodologies such as data suppression and modification.

We recognize the value of your trust, and we believe that when you answer our surveys we must serve as caretakers of your information. If you would like to learn more about how we fulfill this responsibility, please visit our data stewardship pages.”

They do warn not to give out your Social Security number to anyone saying they are a Census worker and also warn about other scams. From the U.S.  Census Web site:

“Phishing:

‘Phishing’ is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, social security numbers, bank account or credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Phishing is typically carried out by email and it often directs users to enter sensitive information at a fake web site whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one.

Other Scams:

  • The Census Bureau does NOT conduct the 2010 Census via the Internet
  • The Census Bureau does not send emails about participating in the 2010 Census
  • The Census Bureau never:
    • Asks for your full social security number
    • Asks for money or a donation
    • Sends requests on behalf of a political party
    • Requests PIN codes, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.

How to report scams and bogus Census web sites

If you believe you have been contacted as part of bogus or fraudulent activity falsely representing the Census Bureau:

  • In Person Scam
    • Check for a valid Census ID badge
    • Call your regional office to verify you are in a survey
  • Email Scams
    • If you think it is a bogus email, do not reply or click on any links within the email.
    • Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain code that could infect your computer
    • Forward the email or web site URL to the Census Bureau at ITSO.Fraud.Reporting@census.gov.
    • After you forward the email to us, delete the message. You will not receive a confirmation email after forwarding the information to us. However, the Census Bureau will investigate the information and notify you of its findings.
  • Mail Scams
  • Contact the United States Postal Inspection Service

I personally think it’s cool to have a snapshot of our country at this point it time. You can look book at the Census reports through our history and see how our country has developed and changed. Plus don’t you want the correct number of representatives and services geared toward your community’s needs?

I filled out our family’s Census forms last night and will be popping it in the mail today. It wasn’t painful and took about five minutes. Our biggest discussion was what to list Michael’s and the children’s race as. (I usually fill in mixed for the kids at school but that wasn’t a choice. But you can mark more than one race so that’s what we did. )

So will you be filling out your Census forms? What is the worry or concern in doing so? What am I missing here?

113 comments Add your comment

lmno

March 22nd, 2010
11:58 am

I suppose that there is just such distrust for the government. Its crazy.

I filled it out. All it asked me was how many people live in the house, how old we are, and what is our ethnicity. I didn’t feel violated by those questions.

My own mother was telling me how the census was going to ask all these personal questions and how i was supposed to not fill it out. Something about the constitution.

It just goes to show you that people are easily duped by emails.

I probably get three emails a day about political matters that are out right lies and people just spread them around.

DB

March 22nd, 2010
12:00 pm

Of course I will be filling out the form. This is the shortest census form I’ve ever seen — I remember one that my parents got back in 1970 — omigod, that thing was 12-16 pages, and asked all sorts of information such as how many bedrooms your house had, how many bathrooms, educational level of residents, etc., etc.

As an amateur genealogist, I have to admit, I find census forms fascinating. After 70 years, the files are opened. From a family history standpoint, it’s interesting to see who lived with who, the growth of families, moving, etc., from decade to decade. Forms early in the 20th century included occupation, parents’ birthplace, how long a couple had been married, etc., etc. I was frankly incredulous at how skimpy this year’s census form was!

No problems with filling it out — good grief, they aren’t asking anything that anyone on the internet couldn’t figure out in two minutes.

Yuck

March 22nd, 2010
12:18 pm

I am going to lie on it

Sorry, DB, but the 2010 form I received...

March 22nd, 2010
12:18 pm

…DID ask those questions – so I will be telling how many people live in my house (after all, that is what the census is for, counting the population for equitable distribution purposes) and THAT IS THE LAST QUESTION I WILL ANSWER.

Andrea

March 22nd, 2010
12:23 pm

Is it possible that there are different forms? If so, how is it determined who gets what? I am just curious. I received mine and it is more detailed that the one my sister got. I am going to complete it though.

lmno

March 22nd, 2010
12:26 pm

Sorry, DB…

Didn’t we all get the same census?

What question specifically on the form do you not want to answer?

BTW, it took me less than three minutes to fill my form out, put it back in the envelope and seal it.

Big Brother is watching...

March 22nd, 2010
12:27 pm

…and he knows if you’ve been bad or good…

lmno

March 22nd, 2010
12:29 pm

Here are the 10 questions:

1. How many people live in the house?
2. How many additional people are currently staying in the house?
3. I this a house, apartment, or mobile home?
4. What is your telephone number?
5. What are your names?
6. What is your sex?
7. Age and Date of Birth?
8. Are you hispanic?
9. What is your race?
10. Do you live somewhere else sometimes?

And the $556billion...

March 22nd, 2010
12:31 pm

…the House added to the deficit yesterday will have to apportioned somehow…and I hope you Obamanites enjoy paying higher taxes for the next 4 years on that Obamacare plan that does not kick in until the 5th year after the deal begins in 2010 or 2011 – that’s right, you pay the taxes but the alleged healthcare benefits do not start until 2014 or 2015….

Hey, lmno...

March 22nd, 2010
12:32 pm

…do you really think the illegals are going to answer question #2? LOL

1sus

March 22nd, 2010
12:36 pm

As someone else has mentioned, I have been interested reading ol census information on family members in prior generations and would want my information there for future generations. Also, by not filling it out, people are only hurting themselves with how taxpayer money is later spent on your communities!

Hey, 1sus...

March 22nd, 2010
12:39 pm

…how is information other than how many are living in a household “helping” how taxpayer money is later spent?

lmno

March 22nd, 2010
12:39 pm

“Hey, lmno…

March 22nd, 2010
12:32 pm
…do you really think the illegals are going to answer question #2?

I wouldn’t imagine that they would fill it out at all.

But this is about why would YOU not fill it out.

It is a dumb question...

March 22nd, 2010
12:50 pm

…”how many live in your house”, then, how many more “stay” in your house? No wonder some dialects say they “stay” somewhere rather than they “live” somewhere; I always wondered how that verbiage originated, and now I know, right from the census form!

Becky

March 22nd, 2010
12:51 pm

@Imno..That is the same form that I filled out..I had heard that some people were sent a different form, but not sure why..

DB

March 22nd, 2010
1:12 pm

@lmno — I said I DIDN’T have a problem filling out the census. The one I was describing was from 1970.

Curious though, about college kids — technically, as dependents, their residence is with you, but they are simply boarding somewhere else temporarily. But my daughter told me that, in a dorm at her college, they all got census forms, too. Seems a little wacked — the vast majority of those kids aren’t “residents” and shouldn’t be counted in terms of congressional representation, to my way of thinking. Maybe they count them differently . . . ?

One of these days, I’ll tell you a funny story about the 1980 census . . . :-)

MOM3

March 22nd, 2010
1:15 pm

I filled mine out – and it didn’t take long. I just want to know what difference my ethnicity makes. Why do they ask that question? This is supposed to be about having enough infrastructure/services for the current/future population. Why would my ethinicity matter?

A

March 22nd, 2010
1:15 pm

@Imno, isn’t the Census required by the US Constitution? Maybe you can tell your mom that.

guy

March 22nd, 2010
1:15 pm

most people get the short version since they are more likely to actually fill it out and the gov can get a better idea of the total population. a smaller # of more involved forms are also sent out in order to get more info for a better snapshot of the country.

EXACTLY...

March 22nd, 2010
1:16 pm

…MOM3!?!?!?!?

DB

March 22nd, 2010
1:16 pm

@MOM3 – perhaps to figure out how many Spanish-language signs they are going to need in the future? :-)

KAW

March 22nd, 2010
1:18 pm

Why do they want to know my kids birthday? Why did they ask a separate question about being Hispanic. It should have been included in question #9.

guy

March 22nd, 2010
1:19 pm

DB. college kids are of voting age and would most likely vote where they live/go to school and not in the their parents district, hence they should be counted in the district even though they are still dependents of the parents.

fred

March 22nd, 2010
1:20 pm

there are 2 forms. the short form and the detailed form. the short form is the shortest in Census history at about 10 questions and 2 minutes long (although the official census website says it will take about 10 minutes to fill out, I guess they also think we are idiots). The long form on the other hand was mailed out to about 2.5% of households and about 70 questions. A judge can fine you up to $5000 (i think if you do not fill them out). I have no problem with filling out the short form, but I do think that the long form questions are too intrusive. I had to fill one out (and I did) the last census time around. I would not be happy to be asked to do so again. I do not have anything to hide however asking me very personal questions is out of the governments sphere of relevance IMHO.

ASD

March 22nd, 2010
1:21 pm

Okay, so the Census is meant to count the number of individuals. If this is the case, why does “race” matter? Why does gender mater? Why does the type of dwelling matter? If we are ALL supposed to be “equal” then count the number of individuals and leave it at that. Can someone provide the reason(s) for the questions regarding race, gender, etc.?

guy

March 22nd, 2010
1:25 pm

ASD: purely for statistical information to see how the population changes over time.

and so the right wingers have stats about how many scary brown people there are out there so they can scare/shame people into breeding more good ol white folk, like the good lord intended…

I do not think...

March 22nd, 2010
1:25 pm

…you can be fined by anyone for not filling out the form…if you do not return the form addressed to the “Residents at” such and such address, they just send out a PERSON taker to talk to you to get whatever info you may provide.

And, most college student DO NOT vote in the area where they go to school, unless they register to vote there – you have to have a voter registration card and most still have the one that has their parents address as their permanent address. Especially if they are out of state…

guy

March 22nd, 2010
1:31 pm

i dont know about the college student thing. they seem to have big voter drives on campuses to get students registered and such, and the university is usually a polling place as well. it makes more sense to get students registered and voting in their school’s district, since most students arent going to travel back to their parents house on a random tuesday just to vote.

lmno

March 22nd, 2010
1:35 pm

I know you said you would DB. I was addressing the person that called themselves “SOrry, DB….”

Van Jones

March 22nd, 2010
1:41 pm

Let’s get this straight… the census will determine how much or OUR OWN money we will get back from the federal govt. We should be funding national security rather than bankrolling a senator’s pet project in his home state!

I just don’t like it when they ax me where I stay.

Lori

March 22nd, 2010
1:49 pm

What the $#@& is wrong with people. Just fill the darn thing out. What’s wrong with the government knowing exactly how many people live in our country??? Some people are just so stupid and paranoid about “big brother” or whatever invading their privacy. Get over it. Those same paranoid maniacs probably walk around with the latest GPS enabled phone. Hello, the government could know where you are every second of every day, so who cares if they know you are a white male who lives in a house with 3 other people!!!

Lori

March 22nd, 2010
1:51 pm

Van Jones – “I just don’t like it when they ax me where I stay.”

That was a joke, right? Please tell me you really don’t think that’s how that sentence should read!

Geez, Lori...

March 22nd, 2010
1:52 pm

…if they already know, why ask?

Actually, Lori...

March 22nd, 2010
1:55 pm

…that is EXACTLY how some people ASK that question…

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 22nd, 2010
2:03 pm

I don’t think it’s a big deal at all to complete the survey, after all when I filled out my grocery store’s savings card, I’m pretty sure I gave them my name and address…not much more than I gave the sensus and along with that info, I gave them the ability to track every purchase that I’ve made there for the last decade. I’m pretty sure that those “random” coupons that get spit out at me for my usual brand’s competitor’s product is not just a coincidence. In addition, I gave my bank and credit card company a great deal more information than the census, and the fact that marketing companies will have access to that info is pretty much implied. Maybe it’s just me, but even in this day and age, I still don’t think the government is a bigger boogey man than a bank and/or marketing firm.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 22nd, 2010
2:05 pm

@becky….I bet if you have a grocery club card, they are tracking your “girl crush list” based upon the checkout aisle mags you buy!

Becky

March 22nd, 2010
2:19 pm

@Tiger..I do have a grocery club card, haven’t thought of that..They won’t find out much, ’cause I don’t buy magazines or books at the grocery store..The only books that I buy are from yard sales and thrift stores..I refuse to pay $10-20 for a book..

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 22nd, 2010
2:24 pm

@becky….a perfectly interesting list scuttled by your frugal nature!

Lori

March 22nd, 2010
2:39 pm

Yes, I know some people ASK the question that way, but I thought they just could not speak properly. I didn’t realize that those people where also too stupid to spell ASK instead of AX.

Well, Lori...

March 22nd, 2010
2:51 pm

…now you know…and I always thought you spelled it “acks” as in “let me acks you a question about where you stay…

Lori

March 22nd, 2010
2:52 pm

To ASD… As long as people continue to play the race card and claim to be part of a minority group, then race matters in the census. How else will they know what is the true minority race, which will eventually change! I would think gender would matter too for predicting future growth, as only women can reproduce.

irisheyes

March 22nd, 2010
2:55 pm

“Why do they want to know my kids birthday?”

The info is used to project enrollment for schools.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 22nd, 2010
3:00 pm

@Robert Crumb….well of course nothing is as important in France as being able to say “we surrender” ;-)

jojo

March 22nd, 2010
3:12 pm

not filling it out ….none of your business…

JATL

March 22nd, 2010
3:20 pm

Why wouldn’t you fill it out? You’re just kicking yourself, your kids and your communities in the rear. The census is used to help different agencies decide where to build new schools and offer certain programs. If you’re on the internet right now, anyone INCLUDING the government can find out lots of info about you -this is just easier and more legal!

Sorry, folks...

March 22nd, 2010
3:33 pm

…but the “school enrollment projection” does not fly – just ask the parents of the kids in elementary schools how many other kids they have coming along for that – plus, with Dekalb County and others CLOSING as many as 4 – 12 schools, that really makes this suggestion somewhat ludicrous.

I can understand the need for a “population count”; however, the rest is just superfluous crap that is not totally necessary.

And, as someone said earlier, if the info is already online, why not just use that?

TechMom

March 22nd, 2010
4:02 pm

I don’t understand the big brother fear either. Quite frankly if the governement ever spent money integrating the right systems, they would know all of this info without mailing a single form out. As much as we don’t want the government to cross reference with the IRS, all that info is accessible by the governement so why not use it as a cross reference with the postal services databases of all the addresses in existence and then ONLY survey those who didn’t file taxes?

Further, if we can e-file our taxes, why not allow an e-file of the census form so they can just follow up via mail and in person with those who don’t respond? Oh I forget, it’s so we can help keep our postal workers employed!

Jeff

March 22nd, 2010
4:08 pm

I get tired of putting forth effort to help the government when they seem to never return the effort for my issues.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 22nd, 2010
4:17 pm

@Jeff….that leads to an interesting question.

Who is responsible for a country full of apathy?

Are the people’s apathy (we haven’t had greater than 57% presidential and 47% congressional voter turnout since 1968) to blame for the government not representing them because we don’t collectively hold them accountable…or is the government representatives fault for convincing the public that their votes don’t matter that is responsible for the citizen’s apathy?

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

March 22nd, 2010
4:18 pm

smh

March 22nd, 2010
4:47 pm

the only valid question is how many people live in your house. Other than that, there is nothing to answer. The Constitution states citizens are to be counted. That is it. Enough said. As of now we have not returned our form. When we do it will be under duress.

abc

March 22nd, 2010
5:04 pm

I’ll try this again, apparently my post got quarantined for content… or something…

Data aggregation and deduction make you identifiable without so-called ‘personally identifiable information’ being included in the specific dataset. Techniques for this date back 15 years or so. It’s the reason why you can be personally identified within 7 clicks due to Google use alone, much less all the information people post to facebook, twitter, youtube, etc.

Given that, the questions asked by the census aren’t that intrusive. People generally give away far more information about themselves.

Be Nice

March 22nd, 2010
5:10 pm

@smh, oh please will you get off of your paranoid right-wing, the government is out to get me rampage. It’s people like you that made it so difficult to pass healthcare reform. What part of making sure our citizens get the care they need is so bad? You tea baggers are scary!

abc

March 22nd, 2010
5:12 pm

In an online poll of some 400,000 people that MSN is conducting, 66% or more are ‘angry’ at the health care reform’s passing yesterday, compared with 6-7% happy, 3-4% unsure. It’s not just right-wing neocon nutbaggers.

abc

March 22nd, 2010
5:15 pm

You can preview data aggregation and deduction at work for yourself at s-p-o-k-e-o.c-o-m. It’s not entirely accurate, but a valid demonstration nonetheless.

abc

March 22nd, 2010
5:23 pm

Actually, the poll results are 26-26% ‘excited’, 66% ‘angry’, 3-4% ‘unsure’ regarding the legislation passed yesterday.

Truth

March 22nd, 2010
5:41 pm

Maybe it’s about finding how many people are actually here, legally or not.

My guess is half the illegals wont fill it out, because they can’t read english. OR Maybe they got a special form in their own language??? hmmmm

The important questions are how many people reside in your house. Plain and simple. No need to answer any other questions.

HB

March 22nd, 2010
5:42 pm

I’m shocked that people think that the Census info is superfluous. It takes more than a headcount to determine best distribution of funds. Want to know how many babyboomers live in an area and will reaching age 70 before long? Check census.gov. How many school aged (not school-enrolled) children live in a city? Census is usually the best source for that info. Where are our fastest growing communities — where do we need to try to get ahead of the game on infrastructure? Census information is used not only by the federal government but by local communities, organizations that give grants for various projects, etc. It’s far more efficient to have good data collected all at once every 10 years, tan just get a head count and leave it up to states and local goverments to conduct their own additional surveys.

And abc, I’m a researcher and haven’t seen the specific poll you mentioned, but most online polls are bogus and tend to lean toward the negative/angry on issues, whether left or right, as those people are more likely to self-select to participate, sometimes over and over again. A far better source is a Gallup-style, random sample phone poll that provides margin of error info (usually +/- 4%). The various call-in/go-online-to-vote polls that news shows run are about driving ratings through making viewers feel they are participants (an increasingly impoertant device in our 2.0 world), not gathering meaningful data.

abc

March 22nd, 2010
5:53 pm

HB

March 22nd, 2010
6:09 pm

Thanks, abc. Looks like the typical online poll, so I’d recommend people leave this one. I imagine better data from more scientific polls will available within a few days — a week at most.

Yuck

March 22nd, 2010
6:10 pm

if I dont send it in and go to jail I guess I will have free heath care.. Yipee 3 hots and a cot!!

Active Duty Mom

March 22nd, 2010
6:56 pm

In case you are wondering what happens if you do not fill out the census form, please see #11 on this link:

http://2010.census.gov/partners/pdf/ConstituentFAQ.pdf

In case you’re wondering where the census is mentioned in the US Constitution, two places:
1. Article 1, Section 2.
2. 14th Amendment

Also can be found here: http://www.usconstitution.net/consttop_cens.html

Nancy Reagan

March 22nd, 2010
7:43 pm

Just say no to drugs!

catlady

March 22nd, 2010
8:33 pm

I distrust the government, too, but I know they already know all this about my household (and more). Last year I got a call from the GBI on my private, never-listed phone number. The call was directed to my daughter, who had been out of the home for 6 years. Don’t kid yourself.

However, since they already know so much, it is no skin off my back to fill out this very simple form.

What I mind is, so far: I got a letter telling me the Census was coming, my form was hand delivered to my home, and I got a postcard today urging me to return the form (which I did the day after I received it). This in addition to all the publicity bought, all the job fairs held (I know of no one who got hired), and I am sure more to come!

DB

March 22nd, 2010
9:12 pm

@TechMom: Actually, the USPS has the very best database of who lives where in the country. They can tell you street by street, block by block, house by house who lives where. The IRS has only what is turned in — the USPS actually keeps up with who moves where.

deidre_NC

March 22nd, 2010
11:35 pm

ill be glad to let them know how many people live here and the ages. thats it. i dont believe for a minute they wouldnt share their info if they had to. not that i care really im just over the government having so much say in everything in our lives. i understand why they need to know numbe of people and the ages but as far as i can tell thats really all they need to know.

Bob

March 23rd, 2010
7:04 am

I do not trust this President. Besides, the figures will be manipulated, just as they were in the Presidential election.

Jayne

March 23rd, 2010
7:15 am

As a single female, why would I even consider turning that information over to the government or ACORN workers? Sorry I don’t trust Obama’s motives.

Be Nice

March 23rd, 2010
7:15 am

@Bob–get over it. Obama won fair and square, unlike W who needed the Supreme Court to declare him a winner when we all know Al Gore was the real winner in 2000. You people just can’t deal with change. Conservatives, by definition, don’t like change and progress. The rest of us welcome change and anything that will improve the lives of all Americans…yes even the poor Bob, they deserve respect and the same healthcare you probably get.

David S

March 23rd, 2010
8:09 am

In 1915 Census data was turned over to the military to go after draft dodgers. In 1941 Census data was turned over to the government and used in the internment of the Japanese at the american concentration camps. Immediately after 9-11, all information on every Muslim and Arab in the US was turned over to the justice department.

Believing the lies of the government is exactly how we got to this horrible point in our country’s history. Obviously the government schools have done their job in indoctrinating people into believing that the government in only their friend and their savior. Good luck with that.

Question 1 is the Constitutional question. All others should be left blank.

shaming UGA

March 23rd, 2010
8:20 am

Please repair your entire second paragraph. You are humiliating us.

Please change ‘reassure’ to ‘reassuring,’ and please say ‘turned over to the IRS,’ not ‘turned over the IRS.’

I have to do a good job at my place of work, and I’m just a student! I would be fired in a SECOND if I wrote something like this!

How in the world have you not been dropped in this economy? Aren’t there literate people who could take this job?

——————————————————————————————-

“The Census form includes several explainers in the paperwork quoting a federal law and reassure people that their information will not be turned over to the IRS or any form of law enforcement. So I guess people are worried about being turned over the IRS or immigration or some other law enforcement agency.”

—————————————————————————————

And no, I’m not mean: I’m a hard worker who doesn’t like to see UGA be shamed!

Kim

March 23rd, 2010
8:44 am

Ugh, you loons. I bet you are the SAME people who think the “patriot” act is a-ok, that we should sacrifice our rights for safety. Don’t fill it out dumb white people & let the minorities be counted. HAHA.
Also, the long form is no more.

Nadia74

March 23rd, 2010
4:10 pm

What does filling out the census forms have to do with whether or not you like the current President? Grow up and fill out your forms.

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March 23rd, 2010
5:34 pm

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Mary

March 23rd, 2010
7:44 pm

For Be Nice. Get real. You call folks who are disenchanted as “tea-baggers” and they are really TEA PARTY MEMBERS. Only reason they shout is because NO ONE LISTENS. I don’t want to fill out the census form because it asks for too much information. If they want my phone number, go to switchboard. Most of it is none of their business. All they need to know is how many people there are. The states should be taking care of the rest and not the stupid feds.

Hockey mom

March 23rd, 2010
9:58 pm

Refusal to answer is a $100 fine (one I am totally willing to pay in the very unlikely event the Census Bureau assesses it), deliberately false answers get a $500 fine, and the $5000 fine is for people who have criminal histories lying on the census forms. I will provide the number of people living in our home. That’s it.

As If

March 23rd, 2010
10:52 pm

Why NOT fill out your Census form? Simple to answer, if I choose NOT to fill it out, I am exercising my right as a US Citizen, when I DO NOT have a choice, am I still free?

Albert

March 23rd, 2010
11:43 pm

I would have participated totally however on the front of each “friendly” mailing is that i am required by law to fill it out. Well, I’m sorry but that statement was enough to put it in the trash. I’m being threatened?????? What the heck are they thinking? No thank you, I’m done. Fine me all you want, you won’t see any cash but you will certainly see me making some noise over any fine. What happened to this country? I will not be ordered around, sorry.

Mama Says

March 24th, 2010
12:19 am

The census is the governments way of determining how important you are.
Now don’t get me wrong I obeyed the law and sent it in but come on. What is my race ? Last I checked we all had to eat and breath to live and race didn’t matter. Truth is, the more “diverse” or “minority” a community is the more money it will get. Congress will use the figures to see where to send “support”. It will be used to give out loans and grants and help cities declare areas “blighted” or underserved. It’s all an effort to give the politicians and in when it comes to buying votes. Well the Dems have got that down already, but you know what I mean.

Shazlia

March 24th, 2010
2:26 am

Access to a line for a doctor’s visit, is not the same as access to healthcare.

Just clarifying

And we put ‘other’ and ‘Americans’ for ethnicity.

Just Me

March 24th, 2010
5:33 am

There are two Census forms that are being sent out. One is the regular census with the 10 questions. The other is a supplemental census where they ask a bunch of questions that is nobody’s business. Do you have running water in your house? What time do you leave for work? And it have been verified that its a true census. I have already completed the regular census and answered the only question I am required by law to answer. They can fine me if they want, but they already have the rest of the information in various databanks, they can look it up if they want it again.

Kevin

March 24th, 2010
8:15 am

Me to i got me census form 2 weeks ago n i all ready done filled it and sent back next day in Mail….easy form fill out to me

Jayne

March 24th, 2010
8:15 am

I will not tell them my work schedule or my phone number. I will tell them I am American.

No Envelope, No Address, No Help

March 24th, 2010
9:00 am

I got my form. No envelope to mail it back. Nothing on the form about an address to mail it to. I got a postcard a few days later offering ‘assistance’ with Census. I called – figured it would be a simple enough question.

28 minutes on hold. Woman kept coming back saying she was working on it.
Consulting with supervisors.
(Seriously!)
I suggested just requesting another form.
“No, we can’t do that. You got the form.”
I said “okay, thanks for your help.”

I hung up and threw the form in the trash.

took it

March 24th, 2010
9:18 am

my questions is when did the census become more of an entitlement getter for minorities than a population determinant for representatives.
it seems like there are certain ethnic groups making this a huge big deal
what do they get that the rest of us don’t?

David Hoffman

March 24th, 2010
9:24 am

No 2010 Census Forms have been delivered to Zip Code 31088. I cannot fill out what I do not get.

Grumpy

March 24th, 2010
9:34 am

Lori: Actually, rather than “ax me where I stay” it should be “ax me where I stays”

Grumpy

March 24th, 2010
9:35 am

took it: Don’t you listen to the commercials? They get “their fair share”

Grumpy

March 24th, 2010
9:42 am

Be Nice: you must be one of the blood-sucking moocher class. Everyone may deserve respect but not the same health care. There IS NO constitutional right to health care. Or for everyone to have the same “stuff”. Hopefully voters in this country will wake up and put the community organizer back in his place.

Toma

March 25th, 2010
12:50 am

I will put names and b- dates of my 8 black children that i do not support, i am just their father.

Ed

March 25th, 2010
8:33 am

It has nothing to do with fear of some big dark conspiracy. The gov’t is not entitled to that information. Just like a policeman cannot demand to “see your papers” just because you are walking down the street. It’s about principle. It’s about the desire to have the limited government those old grey haired guys envisioned centuries ago.

Afterburner

March 26th, 2010
1:04 am

Did you know that in the last 10 years the U.S. Census Borough have lost hundreds of lap top computers that held personal information from their door to door enumerator emplyees? Did you know that the U.S. Census had all these separation privacy guarantees but the U.S. Government ordered the Census Borough to hand information over on Asian Americans to facilitate the Unconstitutional round up of Americans of Japanese decent and put them into internment camps? No, you did not know this? THEY did not tell you this? The U.S. Constitution requires you to tell how many people live in your home, that is all, not your phone number , not your race, not your age. I will only do what the Constitution requires, the rest of you can do what you want. Am I paranoid? No, I read history.

OMG

March 27th, 2010
1:31 pm

I actually called the Census office and the two people I talked to were dumb and dumber. So I do believe it would be easy for them to screw up and allow your information to get into the wrong hands!

bill wishuknew

March 27th, 2010
3:05 pm

guess what, if the government is to stupid to use the information off the Income Tax I fill out, I will not spend one more second filling out more forms.
Let me put it simple for all you simple people the government already has the information on you and if they are too lazy and stupid to compile it, then they have an issue. I have nothing to hide just do not like stupid lazy people.

commentator

March 27th, 2010
6:11 pm

Why do 80% of the people on here commenting have to say their opinion and then…
throw a few insults out too?

People like the posters Lori and bill wishuknew.

Just because someone shares a different view on life than you do, does mean they’re more “simple” or more “stupid” than you are.

Anyway. I suggest Afterburner’s comment and the comment of David S.

And I am debating what to do on my own terms.

Thank You.

commentator

March 27th, 2010
6:51 pm

nice. add a emphatic “NOT” to the “does” in the above thought since it somehow didn’t make it in to the OP.

very odd since i checked it and it was there as i hit “submit comment.” i am crazy but not that crazy. i’m “screen shoting” this new post, just to make sure.

tj8

March 29th, 2010
7:31 am

No way I take even one minute of mt time for their form. I don’t ask for anything from the Gov. and they don’t get anything except taxes from me. It sounds fair, after all it’s not like they are going to ask me MY opinion on where the money should be spent.

Tiny

March 29th, 2010
1:08 pm

FYI. Filling out the form takes less time than it does to comment on this site…

Just to clarify: There is only one 2010 Census form. However, each month, approximately 250,000 households will receive the American Community Survey, which is administered by the US Census Bureau, but it is NOT the 2010 Census.

But, please, DON’T take my word for it. Visit http://www.census.gov/acs/www/ to learn more about the decennial Census and the American Community Survey.

You are required to complete these forms, and you are responsible for being informed.

Just wondering

March 29th, 2010
1:21 pm

Why are we being reminded to send in the form when it asks how many people were in our house on April 1? Unless I missed something, April 1 hasn’t happened yet. Seems like some houses will be counted for people who die between now and then.

AB

March 31st, 2010
7:28 pm

“The Georgia Republican Party looks forward to adding more Republican members to the Georgia congressional delegation,” Sue Everhart, chairman of the Georgia GOP, said in a statement. (after 2010 census)

If you are a poor disenfranchised citizen of Georgia, you may feel that the last thing we need in Georgia (tax apportionment aside) is another callous “help yourself, no handouts” Republican in office. So as a political statement they may not want to be counted.

Dtb

March 31st, 2010
9:06 pm

I agree with 1,sus.. Should be one question, how many people live there, period.

What about the internment camps?

April 1st, 2010
11:12 am

I know it says that they won’t use this info or share but how many lies does our government make? If you’re a liberal, for 8 years all we heard about the evil Bush regime. If you’re a conservative, well we’re hearing about all that Obama is doing. The net result is that there is really no reason to believe that the census bureau can make the promises they are making. If you’re a liberal how could our government just transform from an evil regime to a good just gov’t when in all likelihood, 99% of the employees never changed? Our government showed no problems in interning Jap Americans, how did they find these people? In a time of national security why wouldn’t the other branches of government intervene into the census data for national security?

khf

April 1st, 2010
12:29 pm

i am waiting for ludacris to come to my house to get the information

Eric

April 1st, 2010
12:53 pm

This census falls under the obama administration. I will do NOTHING to help him out or support him. Even if the census actually has nothing to do with that Socialist obama

Eric

April 1st, 2010
12:57 pm

I have read the form multiple times. NO WHERE on the form does it give a deadline that you return it by. It states “The Census must count every person living in the United States on April 1, 2010. NO WHERE does it state that you have a DEADLINE to mail it back.

jrzshore

April 1st, 2010
1:07 pm

What good is counting the legal public with the census when you have 12 million undocumented citizens? How did the government come up with 12 million?

AB

April 2nd, 2010
10:03 am

Some may feel that Georgia does nothing for them so why should they do anything to help Georgia? All the arguments about benefits to the community fall short on people the community has forgot. So a small punch back is don’t get counted. Who knows? Maybe.

TSa

April 6th, 2010
7:31 pm

My thing is if this is used to count the people in this country, or redistrict or apportion federal funds to districts, why does it matter what race I am? Or gender or anything? That shouldn’t matter at all.

[...] Why NOT fill out your Census form? [...]

Mara

April 11th, 2010
3:20 pm

Recently, I found the 2010 Census form hanging on my door. As I began filling it out, I came across a dilemma. The U.S. government wants to know if my children are adopted or not and it wants to know what our races are. Being adopted myself, I had to put “Other” and “Don’t Know Adopted” for my race and “Other” and “Don’t Know” for my kids’ races.

Can you imagine not knowing your ethnicity, your race? Now imagine walking into a vital records office and asking the clerk for your original birth certificate only to be told “No, you can’t have it, it’s sealed.”

How about being presented with a “family history form” to fill out at every single doctor’s office visit and having to put “N/A Adopted” where life saving information should be?

Imagine being asked what your nationality is and having to respond with “I don’t know”.

It is time that the archaic practice of sealing and altering birth certificates of adopted persons stops.

Adoption is a 5 billion dollar, unregulated industry that profits from the sale and redistribution of children. It turns children into chattel who are re-labeled and sold as “blank slates”.

Genealogy, a modern-day fascination, cannot be enjoyed by adopted persons with sealed identities. Family trees are exclusive to the non-adopted persons in our society.

If adoption is truly to return to what is best for a child, then the rights of children to their biological identities should NEVER be violated. Every single judge that finalizes an adoption and orders a child’s birth certificate to be sealed should be ashamed of him/herself.

I’d really like to know how Uncle Sam wants adopted persons will sealed identities to answer the race question. Does the U.S. Government want us to lie or does it expect us to be psychic?

Ryein Goddard

April 13th, 2010
3:37 pm

I am not sure if you people know this, but people are used as barter tools for several reasons. They might want to use this information to trade, get loans, form racial demeaning demographics, or several other reasons.

The census is a shame now. If you want to be controlled and twisted to this governments end then fill out your form. If you think this government is happy go lucky and they wouldn’t do anything to honest folk like you well then in the small perspective your right, but you have to look at the big picture. It is about freedom and morals. This country doesn’t need to know how many whites live in this area or mexicans in this area and split us up, or other things they will use and sell this information for.

Fact Checker

April 30th, 2010
5:04 pm

David S, you made this comment on 3/23 at 08:03

“In 1915 Census data was turned over to the military to go after draft dodgers.”

Fact – You’re full of it. There was no draft until May 18 of 1917 when the Selective Service Act was passed by Congress. In addition, it was impossible to be a draft dodger until June 5, 1917 when the FIRST registration took place.

QUIT SPREADING LIES!

Fact Checker

April 30th, 2010
5:43 pm

I didn’t fill it out yet as it doesn’t have a due date on the form.

I don’t want any more Representatives in Congress. We have 435 now and look at how they collectively screw the taxpayer. They have spending bills written that they haven’t read(our spending bills are written by bureacrats that weren’t elected). These charlatans provided us with “cash for clunkers”, “cash for caulkers”, and even “cash for golfcarts”……golfcarts!!!!

I don’t want anyone in prison to be counted so that taxpayers monies will be spent on them.

I don’t want to allow the count of dummies who buy homes financed with option ARMS such as “minimum payment” or “interest only”. If you want to speculate, use your own money and you don’t vote.

“Fair Share” is a term used to fuel the greed of deadbeats who pay NO federal income tax. Analysis of the 2009 income tax revenue will show that slightly below 50% of people filing pay ABSOLUTELY NO federal income tax. When a majority of tax filers pay nothing, then they don’t care whose taxes get raised because it won’t include them. This causes our representative democracy to fail.

If you don’t pay FEDERAL income tax then you shouldn’t be allowed to vote for anyone for a FEDERAL office, period. That goes for anyone on welfare and food stamps(you can have the choice of getting your entitlement and not voting FEDERALLY or no entitlement and FEDERAL voting).

I don’t want to be used in the gerrymandering of taxpayers for the benefit of taxeaters.