April 1 is also Census Day
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
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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.
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