[APG Public List] 2010 Census warnings

Carolyne Gould carolyne_cwy at yahoo.ca
Tue Jan 26 22:00:33 MST 2010


We had quite an interesting time with a canvasser who came by our 
place early last year. I have a garage apartment on the property; 
but, I haven't rented it in years. (Long story). The canvasser was 
extremely rude when we told him no one lived there and that no one 
would be living there in the foreseeable future. He kept wanting to 
know "why" we weren't renting it and threatened some kind  of arrest 
for failure to answer his questions. Wish we had copied down his name.


At 5:50 PM -0500 1/26/10, D Kapp wrote:
>The content of the mass email seems accurate to me.
>The address verification phase of the 2010 census actually began in 
>early 2009, with the specific time of the canvassing varying 
>depending on where in the U.S. you live. As one of the address 
>canvassers (actually, I was in quality control, but that's another 
>story), my job for where I live ran for several weeks from about 
>April to June.
>Handheld computers are/were used, and when one region was done with 
>canvassing, the computers were shipped to the next region. Perhaps 
>address canvassing is still going on somewhere...
>Our formal training mandated visiting every dwelling (knocking on 
>doors) in specific blocks/areas to verify that each dwelling had a 
>mailing address on the census address list. We asked if the family 
>received mail at their posted address (if there was one posted on 
>the house), obtain a correct mailing address if a PO box is used, 
>check the ZIP code when in doubt, and make sure that any separate 
>residences or other unit on a property, such as a trailer, 
>above-garage unit, or apartment gets its own census. A house that 
>looks at first glance like a single-family dwelling could have a 
>separate apartment. (There are quite specific definitions as to what 
>constitutes a dwelling unit. It was all in that big manual we 
>carried around.) We also were to list addresses of group dwellings 
>in our assigned blocks/areas such as nursing homes, halfway houses, 
>etc., which get a different type of census form. We also deleted any 
>addresses that were on the "starting list" but no longer existed.
>In practice, I heard that some canvassers just walked along 
>sidewalks or streets and copied down the numbers from mailboxes or 
>door fronts. So you might have noticed either type of activity 
>relating to address canvassing.
>Debbie Kapp

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