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Door to Door

Census makes a push.

U.S. Census Bureau News Release

Haven’t sent in your census form? You may be getting a visit soon – and you’re not alone. On May 1, nearly 2,700 census takers will begin statewide door-to-door canvassing to collect information from about 200,000 households that did not return their census forms by mail.

In Maui County, including Molokai, an estimated 36,500 households are scheduled to be contacted. Other numbers around the state are even higher, with Honolulu County alone having 77,000 homes that will be visited.

In most cases, census workers will make initial visits during afternoons, early evenings, and weekends. Workers will identify themselves with a census ID badge that contains a Department of Commerce watermark. The census taker may also be carrying a bag with a Census Bureau logo.

If asked, he or she will provide supervisor contact information and/or the Local Census Office phone number for verification. If census workers are unable to reach a household member in person, they will also attempt contact by phone to conduct the interview with the household member. If the household does not speak English, the census worker will have flash cards in 50 languages to identify the language of the household. A follow up visit by a census worker who speaks that language will result. The door to door operations are scheduled to be completed by July 10, 2010. For more information, visit 2010census.gov.

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