This is a very disturbing report that opens the possibility that the Obama Administration is planning to double count selected areas in the 2010 Census.
About 40 million “replacement” Census questionnaires are being sent nationwide to households in areas with low mail return rates, even if those households already have returned the first form they received, Census officials announced on Thursday….
Census officials said mailing out a second form is designed to increase census mail participation, get a better headcount for the states, and save taxpayers the cost of sending out census takers to collect information.
The Census Bureau estimates that mailing a second questionnaire “in targeted areas” could save more than $500 million and raise the participation rate by 7 to 10 percentage points.
But what about double counting?
“[P]eople who have completed and returned their questionnaires need not fill out the replacement Census form,” said a news release issued Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau’s Charlotte region. “You should only complete and return one census form,” the release said. “Extra census forms should be discarded.”
William W. Hatcher, a regional director for the U.S. Census Bureau, said both the original forms and the replacement forms are bar-coded “to ensure that people are counted only once and in the right place.”
Many Virginia households are among those receiving a second Census form. The 10-question census forms were mailed to 3.32 million Virginia households in mid-March, and as of April 1, 57 percent of them had been returned, the Charlotte Regional Census Center said.
“The replacement questionnaire is a safety net and a wise investment,” Hatcher said. “It reminds people who have not mailed back their questionnaires to send it in now.”
Right. And no possibility of any of Obama’s “adoring” fans sending in two forms, right? And is there any doubt as to the political makeup of the areas that received a second form?