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April 6, 2009

Re:   Census 2010 Update

Dear Mayor:

As a follow-up to our Census 2010 Get out the Count Press Conference we had last week we are writing to let you know that the Census Bureau is launching a massive operation this week to verify and update more than 145 million addresses as it prepares to conduct the 2010 Census. In New Jersey, about 3000 people will carry out the operation. April 1 marked the official one year out for the countdown to the 2010 Census.

Address canvassers will use new hand held computers equipped with GPS to increase geographic accuracy. The ability to capture GPS coordinates for most of the nation’s housing units will greatly reduce the number of geographic coding errors caused by using paper maps in previous counts.

The address canvassing operation will be conducted out of 151 local census offices across the U.S., including those in Camden, Hoboken, Rocky Hill, and Trenton.  Most offices will begin operations April 6.  In most cases, census workers will knock on residents’ doors to verify addresses and inquire about additional living quarters on the premises. This is the first census to include group quarters (such as dormitories, group homes, prisons and homeless shelters) in the address canvassing operation, which should improve both the accuracy and coverage of the final count.

Census workers can be identified by the official Census Bureau badge they carry. During the address canvassing operation, census workers may ask to verify a housing structure’s address and the existence of any additional living quarters on the property.

2010 Census workers will never ask for bank or social security information. All census information collected, including addresses, are confidential and protected by law. The Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with the FBI, the IRS, CIA, Welfare, Immigration, or any other government agency. No court of law or law enforcement agency can find out respondents’ answers. All Census Bureau employees — including temporary employees — take an oath for life to keep census information confidential.  Any violation of that oath is punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and five years in prison.

For further information, please contact Leonard Preston, of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, at (609) 984-2216, or at lpreston@dol.state.nj.us

For more information on our Committee’s involvement see the League’s website at www.njslom.org.

Very truly yours,                                             

Hon. Randy Brown, Mayor of Evesham                                     William G. Dressel, Jr.
Member League Executive Board and Chairman                        Executive Director
of the 2010 Municipal Census Awareness Committee

      

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