Florida Governor visits schools to raise awareness about 2010 Census

February 3rd, 2010 - 2:06 am ICT by BNO News  

MIAMI (BNO NEWS) – Florida Governor Charlie Crist on Tuesday kicked off the Census in Schools campaign, urging all students to help create awareness about the importance of the 2010 Census.

During his remarks, Governor Crist emphasized the importance of Florida being represented accurately in the 2010 Census. He noted that the Census determines plans for everything from schools and roads, to senior centers and other government services. Today’s kick-off event featured students from Arch Creek Elementary School, North Miami Middle School, and North Miami Senior High School.

During February and March 2010, census questionnaires will be mailed or delivered to every household throughout Florida and are due to be returned by mail by Census Day, April 1, 2010.

These short forms take only minutes to fill out, and will have an impact on Florida’s future for the next 10 years. Between April and July 2010, census takers will visit households that did not return a questionnaire by mail.

Information obtained by Census Bureau employees is kept, by law, strictly confidential for 72 years. Census Bureau employees have taken an oath to protect confidentiality and are subject to a jail term, fine – or both – for disclosing any information that could identify a respondent of a household.

Conducted every 10 years as required by the U.S. Constitution, the 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the United States. Census data is used to determine Congressional seats to states, to choose available community services, and to allocate more than $400 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments annually.

The 2010 Census consists of 10 questions, taking about 10 minutes to complete and will be one of the shortest questionnaires to date. Confidentiality of respondents and the information they provide is protected by strict confidentiality laws.

The first nationwide census was taken in 1790 by the U.S. marshals on horseback and counted 3.9 million people.

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