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Do I have to fill out the census forms?
Yes, you do. Census helps the government/private companies know the number and the types of people in your town/state/country. When you prinformation, you get better service.If you're worried about your personal information getting leaked, don't be. A census usually only requires your name and the no. of people in your house (depends on the scale of the census)You got to nothing to lose anyway. Just give the information. It'll take less than 5 minutes.
Why can't I fill out the 2021 Census online?
The questionairres for the 2021 census were not available online. The data can be looked up online, but there was no census form that could be filled out.They would not have been so forward-looking in 1995 when they started planning the census process for 2000.There was probably not an online form in 2021 for the reasons in Anon's answer. But also because the big costs are not getting the form to people and then getting it scanned. The big costs are in counting hard-to-count groups and in getting houses that do not submit their forms enumerated.
When filling out census data, how do Brazilians or other Latin Americans pick their race?
Brazilians? Mostly on appearence and cultural references. The options on the Census are “white”, “brown” (it’s the best translation of pardo, the actual word), “black”, “yellow”, “native american” and “no declaration”. Racial identity is really hard to determine in Brazil. Yes, most people have some degree of african, amerindian and european ancestry. But depending where, it’s different.My state, in Southern Brazil, has a lot of german, italian and polish immigrants. Some people here really have african/amerindian heritage, but usually far behind. They usually declare themselves white. Southern Brazil is the whitest region.As you go north, people tend to identify themselves as pardos, or brown. It’s a quite personal question, influenced by cultural values and even by racism. Brazil on the last census had only 7,61% of the population. Many people of strong black ancestry call themselves brown or even white, that’s because not only there isn’t a clear line that separates this races, but also because of racism, that is very powerful in the brazilian society. For example: the number of people that identify as native american has risen a lot. Do native americans have more kids? Not really, but being native american is becoming less and less of a stigma and each time more a thing to be proud of.Most people aren’t really sure on what they use to determinate their race, it’s complicated. And it’s complicated enough to decide if we are white, black or brown. If the Census narrowed it down to ethnicity, I can only say: oh boy. Results very hard to predict. I personally have no ideia on what I would respond.
Why are you going to participate or refuse to fill out the next census?
Yes, I have been and I will continue to do so.Among many other purposes, the census results are used to determine each state’s representation in the House of Representatives in Washington DC. The more people the census shows in a state, the more representatives it is entitled to have. For better or worse, government has its nose in almost everything we do, so this matters across a very wide range of modern life.The biggest reason some people do not want to participate is they fear the loss of their privacy. And under many circumstances in life I’d agree. But the fact is, if you join Facebook or use Google, they will know vastly more about you than what the census asks you to reveal.What’s even more important is the degree of privacy legally granted you when you fill out the census form, which is way, way above the legal protection you have in virtually any other activity in life, especially online.Here is what the census website has to say on that topic…“The Census Bureau is legally bound to strict confidentiality requirements and we never reveal your identity to anybody else. When you respond to the ‡ Survey, your individual records are not shared with anyone, including federal agencies and law enforcement entities. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' answers with anyone, -- not the IRS, not the FBI, not the CIA, and not with any other government agency.All Census Bureau employees take an oath of nondisclosure and are sworn for life to protect all information that could identify individuals. Any employee who violates the provisions of the oath is subject to a fine up to $250,000 or a prison sentence up to 5 years, or both.To protect your privacy, the American Community Survey NEVER asks for:your Social Security numberyour mother’s maiden nameyour personal information through emailmoney or donationscredit card or bank account information”In other words, from a privacy viewpoint accurately filling out the census survey is just about the safest thing you can do, way safer than virtually anything you do online, for example.What I wish for—indeed what we all need—is a guarantee of privacy as strong as the above for all we do digitally. Unfortunately, that’s not something our state legislators nor our federal government is going to do. Instead, the answer is coming soon, from technology itself.
Why is filling out the census important?
[An] 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.We have to know our population for a number of reasons. Part of the reason is that it is required according to the Constitution in Article 1, Section 2. I would say that the reason the founding fathers included this language was to decide voting. Electoral college votes and seats in the house were probably the focus.In modern times, we have other concerns. The government does more than it ever did, including managing housing, natural resources, regulating banks, etc. In order to do that, it needs data. Some of that is just raw population. Some of it is demographic information like race, gender, and age.Consider arguments about:Gerrymandering. How are we supposed to prdata showing that the phenomenon is happening aside from tortuous lines defining a congressional district? Racial data would really help.Social security. Want it to remain solvent? It would help to know how old our population is.Opportunity. It is important to know if we’re closing the gaps that arise because of gender.Such data is only useful when we have a lot of it. That means hitting every single house they can.
Why did the government stop sending census takers, and instead forcing us to fill out the forms?
I do not believe the Census Bureau has stopped sending census-takers. Rather, they have largely automated some of the decennial census data where they are confident of receiving accurate counts and, instead, focus their census-taking person counters in areas where they may be uncertain of getting an accurate count.Not too long ago, the Census Bureau asked Congress if the decennial census could be based on sampling the population. Congress, knowing that the counts serve as the basis for representation in the US House of Representatives, said no. In short, not only must the Census be based on reported observations (takers and mailed-in counts), this method also preserves some of the flaws in the system that can allow states to challenge the Census counts (and number of representatives derived from them) in court.
How does the US government make sure everyone takes the 2021 census? What if someone forgets to fill it out, or intentionally doesn't send it back?
I am a former employee of the CB. I do NOT speak for the Census Bureau.Your question is somewhat circular. The US government does not know if everyone in the USA is counted. That is the reason for the census in the first place!!!!The objective and goal of the census is to count everyone. But no census has ever been 100% accurate, and none ever will. The census is a GOVERNMENT operation, and therefore prone to government-think, and government f***-ups. Trust me on this.The fact is: The census is the largest government operation, which is conducted primarily by amateurs (college kids, housewives, retired people, etc). It always comes in on time, and under budget. The people who work on the census, are not contaminated by lifetime federal employment.The Bureau purchases junk mail lists from commercial vendors. Then it sends a census form to every person on the junk mail list. Some of the recipients may have died or moved, or the address is no longer valid. In 1980, I did not have a residence address, I got my mail in a PO Box. I never received a form in the mail. I was not counted.There are various ways to get the forms to the people in the USA. In high-rise housing apartment buildings, the bureau just gets a wheelbarrow full of forms, and dumps them in the lobby, with a poster telling people to pick up a form, fill it out, and mail it in. ( compliance in federally-operated housing projects is low).The bureau tracks every mailed form. If a form is not returned, then a check is made. If the address is valid, and there are persons domiciled at that address, then an “enumerator” is sent there is person, to collect the information.ALL people who are in the USA on April 1, of every year that ends in a “0”, are required to be counted. This includes citizens, aliens, (legal and illegal), and nationals (residents of the US territories, who are not citizens). ALL people , including people in hospitals, jails, retirement homes, etc.When a person gets a form, they are required to fill the form out completely and honestly, and return it promptly. Deliberately withholding information, or falsifying information, may result in prosecution and/or imprisonment. (prosecutions are rare).It is the DUTY of every person, citizen, alien, and national, to complete the form and return it promptly. The US relies on people’s patriotism, and the threat of federal imprisonment, to ensure compliance.
What’s the penalty for not filling out the US Census? Can I go to jail?
Federal law requires residents to participate in the U.S. government’s American Community Survey‡ better known as the Census.Under Title 13 of the U.S. Code, you could have been fined up to $100 for refusing to complete a census form and $500 for answering questions falsely.However, the U.S. Census Bureau website points out that the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 effectively increased each of these minimum fines to $5,000. No prison sentence is specified.