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U.S. Census forms should start appearing this week in mailboxes across the country.

The results will be used to dole out $4 trillion in federal funds during the next 10 years and allocate congressional representatives.

Census officials are emphasizing the importance of filling out the 10-question form -- partly because it is much cheaper than sending out census takers.

The cost of the paper form is 46 cents per person -- little more than a stamp. The cost of sending a census taker to each household that does not respond is $57, according to the bureau.

"Just think about that," said Ed Davis, the regional partnership coordinator for the Census Bureau. "You're the taxpayer. It's on your behalf to get the forms back."

The last time the once-a-decade count was completed, in 2000, the nation's mail-in participation rate was 72 percent.

The census is required by the U.S. Constitution and collects population data such as age, race and gender.

Davis said officials want people to respond early -- by April 1. Otherwise a household won't appear in the bureau's database and a census taker will be dispatched.

Though the census taker won't need to ask a household questions if the form is returned after April 1, it's still an extra cost, he said.

Augusta's Census Complete committee is attending events around the area and distributing literature to encourage participation, said Paulwyn Boliek, a co-chairman of the group.

2000 Census

Mail-in participation rates:

U.S. 72%

Georgia 69%

South Carolina 65%

Richmond County 71%

Columbia County 78%

Aiken County 68%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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msgret92
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msgret92 03/16/10 - 06:52 am
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I agree we should answer the

I agree we should answer the Census form and return it to save money but how much did it cost us for the government to send out a letter telling us they were going to send out the form? Another example of our government wasting money then wanting us to be responsible.

mable8
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mable8 03/16/10 - 07:41 am
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The real reason for this

The real reason for this year's census is so the big O can gerrymander the voting districts. I also object to its use for his trillion dollar garbage he plans to dump on us. As to the $57 used to send a "census taker" to the homes, the worker certainly does not receive that much, so who's getting the extra monies????

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/16/10 - 07:46 am
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You would think that the

You would think that the liberals would tell their constituents not to mail the forms back. Why? Because then the Census Bureau would have to hire more workers to knock on doors. These workers would make the unemployment numbers go down. And the brief period of work for the Census Bureau would re-set the clock when they next apply for unemployment compensation.

Chillen
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Chillen 03/16/10 - 08:25 am
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mable8 don't forget, this is

mable8 don't forget, this is the government we are talking about. It costs $57 because you have to pay at least 2 people to first identify the need to send someone out. Then a third person will have to approve it. Once the trip is approved a committee will meet to decide who should go out there. Then the worker finally shows up at the home and 9 times out of 10 there will be no one there because they will show up between 8 & 5, when most people are at work. Requiring a second or third trip out there.

Just kidding of course, but unfortunately I'm probably not far from the truth.

55 F-100
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55 F-100 03/16/10 - 09:37 am
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I will return the form after

I will return the form after I answer the one legally required question which is the number of residents residing in the house as of the specified date. The other questions regarding race, income, etc. are included just for the A.C.O.R.N. thugs participating in the re-election (ha-ha) effort of Prezbhojangles who wiil soon be seeing "change you can believe in" following the 2010 purging of his cronies and the 2012 expulsion from the white house of the whole Obama clan.

Just tired
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Just tired 03/16/10 - 11:18 am
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I'm with 55 F-100. The only

I'm with 55 F-100. The only response we are legally bound to provide is the number of residents residing in the house as of a specified date. That's it! And that's all the White House will receive from me to pass along to their A.C.O.R.N. buddies. With the white house now in exclusive controll of the census, people should be cautious. VERY CAUTIOUS!!!

Techfan
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Techfan 03/16/10 - 12:04 pm
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Look up Title 13, Section

Look up Title 13, Section 221. You are required by law to answer.

55 F-100
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55 F-100 03/16/10 - 04:36 pm
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Techfan, I reviewed the CFR

Techfan, I reviewed the CFR Title 13, section 221, and the only information required is the number of people residing at the address, i.e., no requirements for age, sex, race, etc. Ergo, number of persons is the only information required.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/16/10 - 05:11 pm
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I got my census form in the

I got my census form in the mail today (March 16). It specifically asked me to return it within one week, i.e. by March 23, to help the government get the census done.
Then it asked for the number of people who slept in my house on the night of April 1.
Government-run healthcare, anyone?

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/16/10 - 05:14 pm
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Here's the law: 13 US Code

Here's the law: 13 US Code Section 221: (a) Whoever, being over eighteen years of age, refuses or willfully neglects, when requested by the Secretary, or by any other authorized officer or employee of the Department of Commerce or bureau or agency thereof acting under the instructions of the Secretary or authorized officer, to answer, to the best of his knowledge, any of the questions on any schedule submitted to him in connection with any census or survey provided for by subchapters I, II, IV, and V of chapter 5 of this title, applying to himself or to the family to which he belongs or is related, or to the farm or farms of which he or his family is the occupant, shall be fined not more than $100. (b) Whoever, when answering questions described in subsection (a) of this section, and under the conditions or circumstances described in such subsection, willfully gives any answer that is false, shall be fined not more than $500. (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, no person shall be compelled to disclose information relative to his religious beliefs or to membership in a religious body.

happychimer
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happychimer 03/16/10 - 06:18 pm
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You can make jokes all you

You can make jokes all you want, but President Obama was not around a hundred years ago, nor 200 yrs ago. The 1900 census shows my ggreatmother's name, district, county and state she lived. It has her birthday, birth place, state she and her parents were born.It has her race, gender,relationship to head of household.It has how many living children and how many children she had. It has her spouses name, yrs married,yr married, names and ages of all other household members, their ages and relationship to head of household. Then there are their neighbors. It tells can they read, write and speak English. It also tells their occupation.And there are citizenship questions. A few censuses has material worth and own or rent home. If renting how much rent.

jack
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jack 03/16/10 - 08:40 pm
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Look up Title 13, Section

Look up Title 13, Section 221. You are required by law to answer.

Look up the 14thAmendment which modified the 1st Amendment:2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed.

You can tell the census bureau how many people live in your household and that is ALL that is REQUIRED.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/16/10 - 08:53 pm
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Incorrect. The Constitution

Incorrect. The Constitution requires the headcount. However, perfectly valid Federal laws can, and do, require additional information which we have to provide.

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