2010 U.S. CENSUS: CENSUS DAY

Two weeks ago, you should have received the 2010 Census questionnaire form. It was sent your address to conduct the most accurate census possible.

We need your help to count everyone in the Burmese community in the United States by providing basic information about all the people living in your house or apartment.

Your answers are important to the future of the Burmese-American community in the U.S. Results from the 2010 Census will be used to help each community get its fair share of government funds for highways, schools, health facilities, community centers, many other programs you and your communities need. Without a complete, accurate census, our Burmese-American community may not receive its fair share.

This year’s questionnaire is one of the shortest in history, but the results of the survey have long-term effects. Haven’t sent yours in yet? Lost your form? Here’s what you need to know:

What happens if I don’t turn in my form?

If you do not return it, a replacement form will be sent. Some hard-to-count areas will automatically receive a second questionnaire.

In addition, you may get a knock at your door from a census-taker between May 1-July 10. There are also legal ramifications: Under the law, it is a crime to not answer the census and courts can impose a fine of up to $5,000 for not responding. But the Census Bureau says it will use that as the last resort.

 

Q.9 What is Person 1’s race in my form?

“Race Category” as defined by the US Census Bureau includes people of the same racial and national origin or sociocultural group.

Who can be identified as Burmese?

  • Burmese in general means everyone who is a descendent/born from current Burma or Myanmar.According to this definition, Burmese-Chinese (Burma Born Chinese), Burmese-Indian (Burma Born Indian), all ethnic groups and tribes (Chin, Kachin, Karen, Kayah, Palaung, Padaung, Pa-O, Shan, Rakhine, etc..) who originated from the country Burma or Myanmar are included.


I never got a form. What should I do?

Your form should have arrived by mid-March. If not, call the Telephone Questionnaire Assistance Center at 1-866-872-6868, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week through the end of July.

Those who are hearing impaired are able to utilize TDD 1-866-783-2010.

 

What do I do if I lost my form?

You can either wait for a replacement form, call the information line or visit a Be Counted location to fill out the form.

After April 12, you’ll be able to call and request a phone interview in place of filling out the form, a Census Bureau spokeswoman said.

 

I sent in my information. What happens next?

The Census Bureau will sift through your information and record the answers into its database. By law, it has until December 2010 to give population statistics to President Obama and until March 2011 to deliver information to the states.

 

Worried about who sees your information?

The Census Bureau is barred from sharing your answers with anyone, including the IRS, FBI, CIA or any other government agency.

In addition, all employees take a nondisclosure oath and are “sworn for life to protect the confidentiality of the data,” according to the bureau’s Web site.

Anyone caught disclosing information faces a fine of up to $250,000, up to a five-year prison sentence, or both.

 

Why is it important to fill out the census form?

The census, taken every 10 years, is used to determine how to allocate more than $400 billion in federal funds and how to allocate seats in the House of Representatives.

“There is no representative democracy without it. It’s the scientific, nonpartisan, apolitical starting point of what eventually becomes a quite partisan, political process,” said Kenneth Prewitt, a professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs and the former director of the Census Bureau.

It is important that you respond. If you have already provided your census information, please accept our sincere thanks. If you have not responded, please complete and mail back the 2010 Census form as soon as possible.

 

Yes, We Can Count!Yes, We Can Count!Yes, We Can Count!

 

Source: The Census Bureau

 

 

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