Any one else get multiple forms mailed to your home?
I received two advanced notices on the same day that the form was
coming in the mail. Okay, I figure a waist of postage.
Then I get two exact forms in the mail. The same exact forms, not a
short one and a long one. Different bar codes on each envelope.
I spoke to the postal delivery person and she said that she asked the
same question at her office. Clues, beside the obvious?
"Well, it doesn't happen all the time, but when it happens, it happens
Bad programming at the big census server farm in the sky. (well, in
Jeffersonville, IN, just north of Louisville...) When you are slicing
and dicing data from multiple sources, like they did to build the
address database, you are supposed to scrub it for dupes. In your case,
the algorithm apparently did not recognize it as a dupe. Any differences
at all in the structures of the printed names, street names, addresses,
or zip suffix?
Same basic explanation as to why you sometimes get duplicate junk mail
from the same mailing house.
They will be sending census takers out to all the homes that doesn't
send their forms back. Just fill out one form and see if they show up
at your house later to check on why the other was not filled out.
Or you might want to fill out one form and send both back with a note
of explanation that you were sent two.
Probably fill both with same info and send in. If you only do one
you'll probably get a visit for the other and if you try to contact them
about them sending you 2 forms it will probably cost you a lot of time
as you get drawn into the bureaucratic morass.
the envelope has a barcode on it that the gov't uses to track it's progress
thru the postal system,so that if it gets lost,another is sent out;
evidently,the USPS lost it,then after a new form was on it's way,found the
first one and delivered it. Typical USPS.
(and some want the same gov't to run healthcare....)
Mebbe he got a fake from somebody trying to do a mass ID theft. Wonder
what the return address on the envelope was? The local cops would be
clueless as to what to do about it. But if he wasn't BS'ing, and
actually did get a fake form, I'm sure Census Bureau and Postal
Inspectors would love to see it.
They didn't use to do that. But I think they found it increases the
percentage of returns, and saves them from sending people in person.
No better guesses than others.
You should fill out one form, and mark the other one, Second form sant
to same address, and send both back together.
They'll only put half of you in jail if you don't return one form.
Anyone know what's legally permitted to ask? I remember from
school that the goal is to count the people, so they can
move the congressional districts around and properly
represent the people. Other than the number of people living
at the residence, what other informatiin is legally
On Sun, 21 Mar 2010 08:14:42 -0400, "Stormin Mormon"
there are only 10 questions this year. There is no long form. I
probably have the form in my mail downstairs, but I haven't looked at
Friday's mail yet.
There is an ongoing survey, the name of which I forget, that ask loads
of questions, that goes to 1 or 2 percent of homes, something like
that, which they use for lots of worthwhile reasons like planning for
future needed govt. services. There isn't much that is not permitted
to ask. You don't have to answer any but the 10 questions on the
actual census form, I think.
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