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June 3, 2010

RE:     2010 Census Non-response Follow-up Stage

Dear Mayor:

The third week of the Non-response Follow-up stage of the 2010 Census has been completed. The completion of interviews in this phase is proceeding roughly on schedule. As of Saturday,

Census Bureau representatives had completed over 50% of the entire workload.
The Census Bureau (the Bureau) reports that some questions are coming in from folks who completed and mailed back their census forms, but are being visited by census workers in person, or receiving a phone call from the US Census Bureau. Since you may be receiving these questions from your constituents, the Bureau wants you to know why this might be happening.

First, it is important to remember that these efforts support the Bureau’s Constitutionally mandated mission to make sure that all people are counted once and only once and in the right place - their April 1, 2010, usual residence.

To do that, the Bureau uses two ways of contacting people -- face to face visits and telephone calls.

Here are some reasons why your constituent might get a knock on the door:

1. The Bureau received the mailed-in form too late to scratch the unit off the list of addresses to visit. (Since some forms get lost in transit, Bureau enumerators are trained to ask the census questions at every door they’re assigned. Please ask your constituents to be patient with this request).

2. There was missing or conflicting information on the form received by the Bureau. (It is the Bureau’s responsibility to make sure the information collected from each household is complete and correct.)

3. The Bureau can’t match the address provided on a “Be Counted” form or over the phone to their master address list. (They send the enumerator make certain that all the information is properly attached to the right housing unit).

If the Bureau is uncertain about any of the answers a household provided on the census, they may call to get a better understanding of the situation and ensure an accurate count.

Here are a few reasons why someone may receive a telephone call from the US Census Bureau:

1. If the number given for how many people were living at the address on April 1 does not match the number of people for whom information was provided.

2. If the form indicates that additional people were staying at the address on April 1 but were not included in the household’s count.

3. If the Bureau suspects they have received duplicate information about a housing unit or individual, they will follow-up to make sure people are not counted twice.

You and your constituents can confirm that the individual calling is really from the Census Bureau by running through this checklist.  Read more about the Non-response Follow-up on Census Director Groves’ blog at

Thank you for your commitment to the 2010 Census.

Very truly yours,

Hon. Randy Brown, Co-chair                                     Hon. Wilda Diaz, Co-chair
League 2010 Census Awareness Committee             League 2010 Census Awareness Committee

and Mayor, Evesham Township                                  and Mayor, Perth Amboy City



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