69 percent of Georgia census forms complete

This is probably good news, but it also means that 31 percent couldn’t be bothered. From the U.S. Census Bureau:

According to the latest 2010 Census mail participation rates released today, the state of Georgia has now matched the rate it had achieved during the 2000 Census — 69 percent. Georgia is one of 19 states, in addition to Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, that have met or surpassed their rates from the 2000 Census.

We do not know whether U.S. Rep. Paul Broun’s form was ruled complete or incomplete.

The national participation rate is 71 percent.

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59 comments Add your comment

not on my watch

April 22nd, 2010
11:33 am

What’s the literacy rate in Georgia? No, seriously.

Tired of BS

April 22nd, 2010
12:08 pm

Sent it in, only answered 1 question……..how many live in thiis home.

Jon

April 22nd, 2010
12:09 pm

Filled mine out weeks ago. Still waiting for the Gestapo to show up.

David S

April 22nd, 2010
12:19 pm

Sent it in, answered the only Constitutional question – #1. That’s complete as far as I am concerned.

James

April 22nd, 2010
12:20 pm

No one expects the Census Inquisition!

James

April 22nd, 2010
12:23 pm

For those of you in the tin-foil hats that sent in incomplete forms know that now the Fed will be sending folks to your door to ask you the questions again. Your forms will be deemed incomplete. Good times.

You Asked

April 22nd, 2010
12:24 pm

The Census can constitutionally and legally ask questions besides how many people live in the home…

The Legal Tender Cases, Tex.1870; 12 Wall., U.S., 457, 536, 20 L.Ed. 287. In 1901, a District Court said the Constitution’s census clause (Art. 1, Sec. 2, Clause 3) is not limited to a headcount of the population and “does not prohibit the gathering of other statistics, if ‘necessary and proper,’ for the intelligent exercise of other powers enumerated in the constitution, and in such case there could be no objection to acquiring this information through the same machinery by which the population is enumerated.” United States v. Moriarity, 106 F. 886, 891 (S.D.N.Y.1901).

Read it all: http://2010.census.gov/2010census/why/constitutional.php

So why is it that the same nut cases who demand a personal viewing of Obama’s original long form birth certificate object to answering a few simple and legal demographic questions on their census form?

the Snark

April 22nd, 2010
12:38 pm

I filled the whole thing out. It took three minutes for a household of six. Didn’t see any questions on there that threatened my liberty. Guess I haven’t been listening to enough talk radio.

You Asked

April 22nd, 2010
12:41 pm

@ The Snark

We have your fingerprints on the form now. The black helecopters are on their way. Bwahahahahaha.

- Big Brother

professional skeptic

April 22nd, 2010
12:46 pm

You Asked
April 22nd, 2010
12:24 pm

So why is it that the same nut cases who demand a personal viewing of Obama’s original long form birth certificate object to answering a few simple and legal demographic questions on their census form?

The question of the century.

d2

April 22nd, 2010
12:57 pm

As a proud American, and Georgian, I filled mine out and was proud to do so. I haven’t understood why there is such a big deal about this. Ten years ago-it wasn’t a big deal. I have done this now three times. Why is it a big deal. I may not agree with most of the politician in Georgia and in D.C., but I am proud to have an American Flag flying from my house and I am proud of our country. We will get through the tuff times.

not on my watch

April 22nd, 2010
1:02 pm

They already have this information. They’re checking to see if I am telling the truth.

If they come to your house, make sure you smile into their Ameican flag pin.

not on my watch

April 22nd, 2010
1:04 pm

Sorry I misspelled American.

Legend of Len Barker

April 22nd, 2010
1:06 pm

I was never sent a census form. I plan on going by one of the many area offices to pick up a sheet. Nice going, Clarke County.

To all those not answering this year’s census or turning back an incomplete form:
Did you fully fill out the census in 2000 (and that one was very specific, from what I remember)?
Did you fully fill out the census in 1990?
1980?
Earlier?

Did you know that earlier censuses were much more detailed? 1930’s asked for not only who lived in the home, but their occupations, their ability to read and write in English, how much was the home valued at (or the monthly rent due), age at marriage, where the person was born, where their parents were born, and if they had a radio. If an immigrant, which year did they arrive in America and what was their mother tongue.

Yeah, the 2010 census is just all kinds of messed up and intrusive.

Don Juan

April 22nd, 2010
1:11 pm

The only questioned added since 2000 was the phone number. Again, I wonder why people are acting so different now? Could it be………….?

Puddin Tain

April 22nd, 2010
1:22 pm

President Obama is out to get us! It’s a conspiracy! They can’t make me fill out more than I want to fill out!. They’re going to take away my guns! Some of you people need to stop listening to the paranoia police. Len Barker is correct. This form is nothing compared to previous forms. Fill it out. Send it in. Get a life.

not on my watch

April 22nd, 2010
1:25 pm

They could’ve at least given us a coupon for $5 off at Dennys! Sheesh!

James

April 22nd, 2010
1:41 pm

Anyone who doesn’t fill it out causing a worker to have to come to the door should be charged a $35 processing fee.

Buck Mulligan

April 22nd, 2010
1:49 pm

Laugh if you will, but there are many who know for a fact that government agents planted micro chips in their private regions. As proof, the General Assembly has a bill making such secret implantation illegal in the state. Those evil federal agents will now quake in the glow of Georgia law.

jw

April 22nd, 2010
1:58 pm

Call me Captain Obvious – but doesn’t it seem odd that the noggin’ counters know that 69 percent of our forms have been returned – by chance – and this is really going out on a limb here – you would think they would know how many people are in Georgia based on that statistical information – If 69% of those have returned – wouldn’t a good excel spreadsheet formula just go ahead and determine our population without having the state spend millions trying to prove where that “missing” 31 percent may be hiding in Georgia? Just a thought -

Red

April 22nd, 2010
1:58 pm

Yep. Incomplete and not mailing it back means the government hires people to keep calling and going to your door. The Census is already way over budget. Thanks for helping contribute to more wasted tax dollars. On the bright side, Obama does love having to hire all of these people to go door to door. It helps drop the unemployment rate and makes him look better.

Moral of the story? The paranoid types are actually helping Obama look good AND wasting tax dollars.

Matt the Brave

April 22nd, 2010
2:00 pm

Ok, frankly y’all who are saying that you’re only answering one question, you’re so stupid. Do you not realize this is where we get our federal funding for the next TEN years?! They already have all of your information anyway. If you pay your property tax, then they have your info. If you use a bank, they have your info. If you’ve ever bought anything on credit, THEY HAVE YOUR INFO. Being stupid and not returning a full census is like trying to run your car with one wheel. Sure it works, but it doesn’t work well.

mdbatl

April 22nd, 2010
2:13 pm

For all of you who refused or only filled out one question on your Census form really think you proved anything? Are you deluded enough to think the government doesn’t have this information already? Furthermore, you give all of this information to banks. They can steal your money a lot easier than the federal government can.

Stop watching Glenn Beck and obey the law. This is where Georgia gets its federal funding. Does our state deserve to lose money because you think scary President Obama is out to get you?

I’m not a Democrat. I vote Republican and have worked in a Republican congressional office. But I’m sick of seeing idiots from the fringe of the party spouting this song and dance.

Shawn

April 22nd, 2010
2:22 pm

I filled out my census form and sent it in on the day it arrived.
But the radio ads that tell us that the census is where we get our funding makes me crazy…”our funding” comes from tax payers who take risks and work hard. Not from the census. Not from the government. From taxpayers.

Stupid Matt

April 22nd, 2010
2:24 pm

“Ok, frankly y’all who are saying that you’re only answering one question, you’re so stupid. Do you not realize this is where we get our federal funding for the next TEN years?!”

Hmmm. I thought “federal funding” came from TAXPAYERS.

How gauche of me.

Stupid Matt

April 22nd, 2010
2:29 pm

I love the Census commercial (how many tax dollars went down the drain there?) where the actor says that without the Census, the government wouldn’t know how many buses to purchase.

Hmmm. Going out on a limb here, but maybe you should count the number of people who ride the bus and weigh ridership trends against the capacity.

But I don’t want to disillusion any of you statist true believers. [In a zombie voice] “I love the census. I love the government. I love Obama. I love higher taxes. I love American Idol….”

U. S. Citizen

April 22nd, 2010
2:29 pm

Grow up my Georgia neighbors. My goodness – you could send it in, and for once, we could sit at the top of the money pools instead of the bottom. And for once we could shake each other’s hands instead of point fingers. This one we have only to blame upon ourselves if we don’t do it. I have four people in my home. It took me less than a minute per person to fill it out. It’s not rocket science and you only cheat yourselves if you don’t.

Beelzebubba Demon of the South

April 22nd, 2010
2:32 pm

We filled em out. We turned em in. Yah fer us.

ProudRepublican

April 22nd, 2010
2:41 pm

You people have been fooled by CHAIRMAN OBAMAO! If you fill out your census, ACORN SHOCK TROOPS IN BLACK HELICOPTERS will be sent to dispatch you with EXTREME PREJUDICE. It’s in REVELATIONs!!

Science Teacher

April 22nd, 2010
2:41 pm

Ummmm…. If we know how many people haven’t returned the forms, do we really need a census to tell us how many people there are?

Also, why did this year’s census ask if we live or “stay” at an address? Why the street language on a census form?

You Asked

April 22nd, 2010
2:45 pm

@ Stupid Matt- Yes taxpayers provide tax funds. The census is a benchmark that guides how those funds are distributed. If you refuse to provide that information can we assume you won’t be partaking of any government funded services for the next 10 years? Fair is fair.

catlady

April 22nd, 2010
2:46 pm

I’m afraid it is a lot more serious than that. Many people simply don’t trust the government enough to admit where they live, their race, etc. A sad, sad commentary that grows yearly.

Chris

April 22nd, 2010
2:48 pm

I wonder what percentage of white people have mailed it in compared to black and mexican? Hmmmm.

East Lake Ira

April 22nd, 2010
2:53 pm

jw & Science Teacher: You do know that households often contain more than one person, right? 69% of forms returned does not equal 69% of residents responding…

This is yet another example of Georgia’s poor education in action…

Don Ho

April 22nd, 2010
2:55 pm

The IRS Form 1040 asks for about the same info as the Census. Did those of you making your political statement by not filling it out, also not file your taxes?

What is wrong with you people? I mean you’re really dumb. You aren’t just a little dumber than average either. I mean, you are a total mouth breathing moron. The whole lot of you are idiots. I have never in my life seen so many stupid people.

Tom

April 22nd, 2010
2:55 pm

I want to complete my census form, but didn’t get one in the mail because I use a Post Office Box. My local library doesn’t have them either. Don’t automatically assume that people didn’t turn them in-some of us didn’t receive one. I guess I’ll have to wait until someone comes to visit me.

David S

April 22nd, 2010
2:57 pm

yes, some of us have taken a principled stand against the intrusive census since we were first required to fill one out. This is not a personal vendetta against the current criminal in chief. But most of you wouldn’t understand how principles can be maintained regardless of who is in power.

Science Teacher

April 22nd, 2010
3:02 pm

To East Lake Ira,

Failure to understand sarcasm is a better example of Georgia’s educational problems. Not everything in life is literal. Might I suggest you work on your higher-order thinking skills?

Don Ho

April 22nd, 2010
3:10 pm

David S,

Henry Thoreau wrote an essay titled, “On Civil Disobedience”. In it, he details his distastes for the United States Government. His basis for for this feeling was the Mexican American War and Slavery. His paper was meant to convince Americans that if they do not believe in what their government is doing, they should stop paying taxes. He believed that if he pays taxes and then the government uses that money to continue the Mexican American War, then he indirectly contributed to that cause.

Now, I would submit to you that at anytime since the inception of the United States Government, there has always been items of which the government is involved in ways that you would abhor. I mean, right from the precious beginning. All men are created equal. Well, except Indians and Blacks. The point is, that if you are so indignant and so self righteous, why not do what Thoreau suggested? Why not actively stand up and say, “I won’t pay taxes because I don’t want to contribute to…”

I mean, not filling out the census? Thats your big stand off? Grow a pair my friend. Grow a pair.

The Cynical White Boy

April 22nd, 2010
3:20 pm

I have yet to receive my Census Form.

Then again, my responses (white, male, work for a living, pay taxes, legal resident) wouldn’t be of much use to the Democrats in building their kingdom.

Cosmos

April 22nd, 2010
3:26 pm

I hope the people in republican districts took Michelle Bachmann’s advice and didn’t fill out their census forms. Especially in Bachmann’s district.

pretty funny

April 22nd, 2010
3:40 pm

My wife just asked me, so then … how do they know we’re at 69%?

And if they do, isn’t the whole thing pointless?

Bill from Cobb

April 22nd, 2010
3:50 pm

I did not fill the form out in hopes that the tax money they waste trying to find out the info will be that much less entitlement money they can use to bribe the welfare crowd

Michael G.

April 22nd, 2010
3:56 pm

I haven’t filled out my form because I have not yet received my census form. However my illegal Guatemalan neighbor received hers the first week they were sent out.

Karl Marx

April 22nd, 2010
4:20 pm

Pretty Funny they must be using last census figures or your 100% correct and it’s pointless. I filled mine out an sent it in 3 weeks ago. Now I’m waiting on a census worker to show up to verify I sent it. I think I’ll say I don’t remember so count me again just to be safe.

JJ

April 22nd, 2010
4:27 pm

Section 13 of the US Code clearly states the purpose of the census is to allocate congressional representation based on population. There is NO mention of any other purpose for the US census. It was congress, who at a later date, passed laws to require you to answer additional questions. So the correct answer is you are legally bound to answer the questions but not constitutionally bound. If the department of commerce decides to fine or jail people for not answering all questions this will work it’s way through the courts and eventually end up at the Supreme court who will have to decide if constitution trumps congress??

JJ

April 22nd, 2010
4:32 pm

One more thing……If all men are created equal why are there questions about race or heritage. Mine was left blanke because there was no box for Irish-American.

Red

April 22nd, 2010
4:38 pm

The return rate is based on what they sent out. If they send out 100 forms and 69 come back, you get a 69% return rate. A form does not determine a count. A household may have mulitple residents. Simple process people. The amount of foil on skulls astounds me.

Alabama Communist

April 22nd, 2010
10:41 pm

We do not know whether U.S. Rep. Paul Broun’s form was ruled complete or incomplete.* Jimbo

I hope you don’t know! You are aware if you did know, you would be breaking federal law and most likely be a cellmate with Bernie Madoff in North Carolina……..

jm

April 22nd, 2010
11:55 pm

UM…ok…don’t fill out the form. I was going to urge you to..but really, my neighborhood school needs the money to teach the children of Mexican immigrants. See…federal dollars get divied up in proportion to the form, so when you answer just the first question, and my Mexican neighbor fills out his form for the eight people in his house…his kid’s school will get the federal money. Your kids will wonder why their school doesn’t have a smart board in every classroom and the school the Mexican kids go to does. It’s already happening in DeKalb County. So please, don’t fill out the form. And when you get older, I hope one of those Mexican kids becomes your doctor, or your lawyer, or your Congressman…because they took the federal money and got to live the American dream.