1. Feb 18, 2010

### turbo

I got a notice in the mail today informing me that census forms will be mailed soon, and that I should fill them out and return them. How stupid is that? Let's say the sent out 100M of those notices... That's a lot of wasted paper and postage.

Am I missing something here, or is it just more government waste?

2. Feb 18, 2010

### lisab

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They're using http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2011111456_censusfortune18m.html?syndication=rss" [Broken]to get the word out, too.

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3. Feb 18, 2010

### mgb_phys

4. Feb 18, 2010

### MotoH

The census should come in the mail, and if you do not return the census form, you will not get your taxes back until you turn it in.

"Hey, the census is coming to you in the mail!" Well thanks, I would have found that out once I got it.

Oh, and we are having problems finding people to go onto the reservations here. They are scary places, dont let the casino fool you, once you go into the actual sticks of the res it is the gnarliest place you will ever be.

5. Feb 18, 2010

### mgb_phys

It's not the stupidest thing they've done.
The dept of transport sent out questionaires about using public transport, as an encouragement to complete the forms they included a $5 bill. Unfortunately they sent them out in brown circular style envelopes which most people dropped in the trash, and since they sent cash not checks they have no idea how many$$were thrown out. 6. Feb 18, 2010 ### Proton Soup i've been seeing television commercials for some time now, advertising census participation as a way to "ensure our community gets what it needs". 7. Feb 18, 2010 ### Pengwuino :rofl: That sounds AWESOME. This reminds me of a Futurama episode though where Hermise got a letter with the notification from the "Central Bureaucracy" that informed him "You are about to receive a letter from the central bureaucracy" Last edited by a moderator: May 4, 2017 8. Feb 18, 2010 ### Evo ### Staff: Mentor Doing it through the mail is going to save millions in taxpayer dollars. Just think of how much it costs the governement to send out census takers in person. With the "inaccesibility" to many people due to "no soliciting", people that won't open their doors to strangers, I know I won't, the extreme danger in sending a person into a potentially dangerous situation, the fact that the US is so spread out and has so many people, can you think of a better, more cost effective way to conduct a census? 9. Feb 18, 2010 ### turbo I have absolutely NO problem with them conducting the bulk of the census via mail, but WHY should they send out 100M letters saying that they they are going to mail out the census forms? 10. Feb 18, 2010 ### BoomBoom That stupid commercial they put on during the Superbowl was a ridiculous waste of millions of dollars... 11. Feb 18, 2010 ### Evo ### Staff: Mentor Because people are idiots, and hopefully some people will read the notices and understand they should fill out the census. Same reason that they are doing tv ads. 12. Feb 19, 2010 ### WhoWee 13. Feb 19, 2010 ### Evo ### Staff: Mentor Last time they had advertising costs of around$150,000 AND census takers AND that was 10 years ago, things cost more now. It seems like a lot of expenditure is going for customized ads designed for specific non-Americans, including illegal aliens.

14. Feb 19, 2010

### turbo

I don't know how much bulk mail costs these days, but even if they could get all those letters printed and mailed for 20 cents each, 100 million letters would cost 20 million dollars. That seems like a huge waste of money, since the letter didn't tell us anything we didn't already know - the census forms will be coming in the mail, and we should fill them out and return them.

15. Feb 19, 2010

### drankin

Part of the stimulus package for the USPS.

16. Feb 20, 2010

### Newai

They should have an option to do it online the way we pay some of our bills.

17. Feb 20, 2010

### rootX

They could simply send the forms to libraries, private corporation offices, religious, colleges or other welfare places?

18. Mar 18, 2010

### calculusrocks

When I opened up this piece of mail, I just laughed. Gov't is naturally inefficient, and often ineffectual.

19. Mar 18, 2010

### TheStatutoryApe

Here there are marquees at the bus stops that normally show the arrival times and are telling people to make sure to participate in the census.

I received my package the other day. I am perhaps too paranoid that I do not want to commit personal information to paper.

20. Mar 18, 2010

### calculusrocks

I'll fill out the basic information. But as far as my race, I'm going to check Other and write in American. The rest is nobody's business.

It's not an irrational fear or anything like that. It's just something people do who value privacy.