Census 2010 Campaign Begins

Census 2010 Campaign Begins

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2010 brings with it a practice seen only once every ten years: the decennial census. As outlined in Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution of the United States of America, the US Census is the law of the land as “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers . . . The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.”

2010 CensusTo get things off to a right start, the 2010 Census Portrait of America Road Tour rolled out from Times Square in Manhattan on Monday, initiating a pan USA interactional experience created to raise awareness and encourage participation in America’s decennial census. That tour will include more than 800 stops over the next four months including well known venues such as the Super Bowl and Final Four tournament, highlighting the March 15-17 release of this year’s census.

“The Road Tour seeks to educate and empower every person living across our country to take part and participate in the 2010 Census,” Census Bureau Director Robert Groves said. “Attendees at Road Tour events will learn about the census, how it affects their local communities and even share their personal stories about why the census is important to them at interactive kiosks and exhibits.”

13 vehicles are being sent out, each one with a unique handle such as “Liberty” or “Take 10” or “Population.” Each vehicle has been assigned its own Twitter account to help build awareness through social media. The U.S. Census Bureau, which oversees the count, expects more than three million people to share their stories and photographs explaining why the count is important to them. You can also follow the vehicles via GPS and through Facebook, Flickr, MySpace, and YouTube.

According to the Census Bureau, census data is used to reapportion congressional seats to states and directly affects how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to state, local and tribal governments. The 2010 Census form is one of the shortest census questionnaires in history and takes about 10 minutes to complete. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities.

Expect to find your ten question form in your mailbox during the middle of March. The federal government asks that you fill out your questionnaire right away and mail it back.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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