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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Participate in the Census

To the Editor:

The League of Women Voters encourages everyone to have a voice in government by participating in the 2010 Census. The census form this year is the easiest and shortest form we have ever filled out, so it will take only a few minutes to answer the ten questions. All the personal information is strictly protected by Federal laws and is not shared with any other governmental agencies.

The Constitution requires that a census be taken every ten years. Every person in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U. S. territories is counted at the location where they live and sleep most of the time.

You will receive your household form in mid-March and need to return it by April 1. The Census Bureau is required to get an accurate count, so they will send workers to households that don’t return a form as many as six times to get the information.

In addition to being a constitutional requirement, an accurate census is very important for our communities. Census data directly affect how federal and state funding is allocated to communities for neighborhood improvements, public health, education, transportation and much more.

Perhaps most importantly, the census data are used to redistribute congressional seats to each state based on population and to draw state legislative districts so they all represent equal numbers of people.

The census helps make democracy work and so can you by promptly returning your form.

Carol Rush, Spokesperson League of Women Voters of Larimer County

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