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Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 04/ 1/2010

April 1 is also Census Day

By Washington Post editors

April 1 is Census Day, and officials are fanning out urging residents to send in their questionnaires.

Many states across the South and Southwest are behind the national response rate of 52 percent. In the Washington region, Virginia's ahead of the pack at 57 percent, with Maryland nipping at its heels with 54 percent having already sent in their census forms. The District is slightly lower than the national average, at 47 percent.

An earlier post saying Virginia returns were lagging was incorrect.

Though census officials have urged people to return their forms by April 1, the day the census is keyed to, it is not a firm deadline. In an effort called March to the Mailbox, volunteers across the country on April 10 will be going to neighborhoods where the response rate was low and urging people to reply. In late April, they will assess how many census takers they have to hire, and in May they will begin sending them to the homes of people who ignored the census, asking them for information face-to-face.

-- Carol A. Morello

Check out our own Ed O'Keefe showing how to fill out the census form. And take our user poll on the census.


7:30 a.m.
Virginia lags in census response

April 1 is Census Day and although 52 percent of households in the U.S. have filled out their forms, the response rate in Virginia is only about 34 percent, WTOP reports.

George Mason University political professor Steve Farnsworth tells WTOP the backlash has happened before.

"What you are seeing in this election cycle is heightened anxiety about government at the same time a census form is in the mail," he says.

By Washington Post editors  | April 1, 2010; 10:37 AM ET
 
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Comments

so basically all the hill billy teabagging birthers are too paranoid to sign their name on the census form and mail it back. hopefully, this will cause Virginia to lose a seat or two in congress.

Posted by: MarilynManson | April 1, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

You might want to check your facts here. According to the Census Bureau's website, Virginia's participation rate is actually 57% as of this morning, which is higher than the national average of 52%. (http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/)

Posted by: rlbc | April 1, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

“so basically all the hill billy teabagging birthers are too paranoid to sign their name on the census form and mail it back. hopefully, this will cause Virginia to lose a seat or two in congress.”

You may want to think out your responses before you actually write them. Your assertion is probably what they want. Fewer congressional seats means they will be better able to target the fewer politicians that they do not approve. It also means that the state will receive less federal support, which they also want.

Posted by: cutterjohn | April 1, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Actually, because the census was poorly worded, anyone filling out their census prior to today was not necessarily accurate. The census said to base your information on who was living there as of April 1. Since you don't really know until April 1, you would only be guessing if you filled it out earlier.

Posted by: mikesays_hi | April 1, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

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