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American Community Survey (ACS) - Little known mandatory ongoing survey by the U.S. Census Bureau
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Posted on 04/04/2010 2:56:51 PM PDT by Jean S

Edited on 04/04/2010 2:59:57 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

The American Community Survey and the 2010 Census

Questions and Answers


Will the American Community Survey be conducted during the 2010 Census?

Yes. The American Community Survey is an ongoing survey that collects detailed population and housing information from a sample of U. S. households and group quarters (GQ) facilities each month. Households that receive both the American Community Survey and the 2010 Census need to respond to both.

More information about the 2010 Census can be found at 2010.census.gov.

Why did I receive a questionnaire for the Census and a questionnaire for the American Community Survey?

Every household (as well as residents of group quarters, such as college residence halls, skilled nursing facilities, group homes, barracks, and correctional facilities) will receive a 2010 Census questionnaire so that we can provide an official count of the entire U.S. population to Congress. Your address (or group quarter) happens to also be a part of the sample of addresses (or group quarters) the American Community Survey is surveying. The American Community Survey, which replaced the decennial census long form, provides communities with detailed population and housing characteristics every year instead of once every 10 years like the decennial census.

Please respond to both the 2010 Census questionnaire and the American Community Survey. Each are vitally important to ensure that your community receives its fair share of government funding for education, transportation, neighborhood improvements and much more. Your participation in each is also required by law. For more information about your participation in the 2010 Census please call 1-866-US COUNT, that’s 1-866-872-6868. Or go to 2010.census.gov.

If you prefer a Spanish-speaking operator, call 1-866-928-2010. The lines are open from 8am to 9pm (your local time) seven days a week from February 25, 2010 through July 30, 2010.

For the hearing impaired, TDD 1-866-783-2010 (during the times noted above.)

Do I have to respond to the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey?

Yes.

The American Community Survey, which replaced the decennial census long form, has different questions and purposes than the 2010 Census population headcount. Your participation in both is vital and required by law. Data about how our communities are changing are crucial to many planning decisions that affect you—such as neighborhood improvements, emergency preparedness, transportation, senior services and much more.

What do I do if I received a 2010 Census questionnaire and an American Community Survey questionnaire?

If you received a 2010 Census questionnaire and an American Community Survey questionnaire you are required by law to complete and return both questionnaires to the Census Bureau. Your participation in both is vital to ensure that your community receives its fair share of political representation and government funding.

Do I include the same people on my American Community Survey form and my 2010 Census form?

Because the Census and the ACS are conducted for different reasons, they use slightly different "rules" on whom to include within each household. Follow the instructions on each form.

I have questions about the American Community Survey and/or the 2010 Census.

For assistance, please call the appropriate toll-free number listed below for the American Community Survey or the 2010 Census.

American Community Survey

If you need help completing your American Community Survey questionnaire or have other questions about the American Community Survey, please call 1-800-354-7271 for an English-speaking operator.

If you prefer a Spanish-speaking operator, call 1-877-833-5625. The American Community Survey toll-free lines are open from 9am - 9pm (your local time) Monday - Saturday, and noon - 9pm (your local time) on Sundays.

For the hearing impaired: TDD 1-800-582-8330.

2010 Census

If you need help completing your 2010 census questionnaire, or have other questions about the 2010 census, please call 1-866-872-6868 for an English-speaking operator.

If you prefer a Spanish-speaking operator, call 1-866-928-2010. The 2010 Census lines will be open from 8am to 9pm (your local time) seven days a week from February 25, 2010 through July 30, 2010.

For the hearing impaired, TDD 1-866-783-2010.

Find more information about the 2010 Census at 2010.census.gov.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2010census; acs; census; communityorganizer; government; liberalfascism; liberalprogressivism

1 posted on 04/04/2010 2:56:51 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: Jean S

So, the American Community Survey has nothing to do with the U.S. Census which is required by the Constitution. It serves other purposes, most likely associated with how the Federal Government distributes money to state and local governments.

Has anyone ever been prosecuted for refusing to participate in the American Community Survey? If so, how did the courts rule? I answered all 10 questions on my census form and returned the form to the government. There was no question on the form that the government could not already answer with information that they already have, except to confirm that my wife and I were living at the address on the form on 1 April 2010.


2 posted on 04/04/2010 3:09:15 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: centurion316

No one is going to prosecute you for not answering the ACS. The Census Bureau assumes that some people won’t answer the survey. This is part of the Census Bureau’s routine work, which involves providing statistical information about communities. IIRC, they remove names and personal identifying information from the ACS data.


4 posted on 04/04/2010 3:16:09 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: centurion316
Has anyone ever been prosecuted for refusing to participate in the American Community Survey?

Guy I work with got one of these last year. He called them up and gave them the riot act about it not being actually part of the census and not really constitutional. He finally asked her what the penalty of refusing to fill it out was. $100.

He asked if he could just send in a check or if he had to wait till charges were pressed. She said she'd have to get back with him on that.

Far as I know they never did do anything.

5 posted on 04/04/2010 3:16:37 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Domandred

I researched it at the time I got one and as far as I was able to determine, they have no prosecuted anyone for not filling out the ACS. I think they don’t want to risk an adverse court decision.


6 posted on 04/04/2010 3:19:59 PM PDT by GOPrincess
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To: Jean S

Tahnks for posting this — I saw many people have questions about the ACS.


7 posted on 04/04/2010 3:22:07 PM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: centurion316

As I posted on another thread — I received both and when I got my official Census form, I called to find out what that lengthy, intrusive form was all about and found out this group hired by the Census Bureau does these new long forms every year — called them community organizers to the man who answered the phone. Then I asked him if it was mandatory for me to have filled out the long form and all he kept saying was it would help my home city and state and I said I am from Oklahoma and doubt if we are going to get much help from Obama and he laughed.

Bottom line is that I was never told if it was mandatory or not — he gave me this website and said he didn’t know if it was mandatory but the short form was which I filled out and sent back.

If someone from the Census Bureau who is answering the phone if you have questions, doesn’t know, then I am not sure who would.


8 posted on 04/04/2010 4:00:26 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin - OK Gov/Rick Perry - TX Gov/Coburn/Rubio - Senate 2010 !)
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To: GOPrincess

I was told by the Census Bureau that the long form is now yearly not every ten years but the guy didn’t know when it started being yearly.


9 posted on 04/04/2010 4:02:04 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin - OK Gov/Rick Perry - TX Gov/Coburn/Rubio - Senate 2010 !)
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To: Jean S

Here is what I posted on Jan 24th of this year (I got the ACS survey):

Recently completed the census “long form” (ACS) that includes demographic information. Sent it in.

Received this evening a call from someone saying they are from the Census and they are calling to verify information on the form.

I told the heavily accented mexican woman calling that I will not discuss personal information over the phone, that if they want to verify information they can do so by coming by my address and speaking to me directly.

She insisted I speak with her. I declined. She then said she can provide me a telephone number to call to verify she is with the census.

I said, no thanks, you could have easily set-up an “toll-free” number and again, I do not discuss personal information on the phone. I refused the number, as well, because I did not want to hunt for a pen and paper. It is Sunday evening, for goodness sake.

She said she was going to enter into my file that I am not cooperative and hung up.

These people, who the heck are they? Besides, it was clear from her accent that English was a second language to her.

(As a side-note, last year I was a victim of attempted identity theft and am very protective about my personal information.)

FOLLOW-UP:

About 2-weeks later I received another call, this time from some woman claiming to be from the Census. I told her I don’t talk personal stuff over the phone and she said she has three ways I can confirm she is who she says she is. I said, no way, it is your responsibility to prove to me who you are. It is NOT my responsibility to prove who you are, and if you really are with the Census, you have my address and drop by and we will chat.

Nothing heard. . . . .


10 posted on 04/04/2010 4:45:47 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: Jean S
Before anyone throws out the ACS, let me point out that it is a blast to fill out. I approach every question from the "truthful but not helpful" perspective. What is the most absurd answer I could give that I could argue is truthful?

What is Person 1’s age and what is Person 1’s date of birth? I actually answered in years based on Mercury's orbit. They give you three boxes for your numbers, so I used them.

Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin? Yes, another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin – Print origin, for example, Argentinean, Colombian, Dominican, Nicaraguan, Salvadoran, Spaniard, and so on. "América del Norte"

Race? "HUMAN" (as on the Census)

Has this person given birth to any children in the past 12 months? "Yes" (I helped deliver a baby for a total stranger who didn't make it to the hospital) - a fun answer since I'm a guy.

What is this person’s ancestry or ethnic origin? "Mixed ancestry, 50% male, and 50% female."

Does this person speak a language other than English at home? "Yes - Greek, Aramaic" (Hey, I talk to myself when I'm studying, so it's true.)

How many separate rooms are in this house, apartment, or mobile home? "one" They're all part of the same structure, so they are not separate.

Does this house, apartment, or mobile home have –
a. hot and cold running water? "NO" (they're not running at the moment)
b. a flush toilet? "NO" we have more than one.

Which FUEL is used MOST for heating this house, apartment, or mobile home? "No fuel used" (since the heat runs a lot less than half the time)

11 posted on 04/04/2010 4:51:35 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Hulka

There is a lot of fraud going on, so you did the right thing to not discuss personal info over the phone.

I hope others do the same.


12 posted on 04/04/2010 4:54:21 PM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: Jean S

Let’s not scare people off of answering the census. It is stupid. What Michelle Bachmann did was dumb, and she should have corrected it. Reports say many conservatives are avoiding the census because of paranoid and inaccurate information. BIG mistake. Rest assured illegals and leftist groups are filling out census forms with gusto to increase their representation and therefore the amount of largesse handed to them.


13 posted on 04/04/2010 5:13:24 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Jean S
The American Community Survey is an ongoing survey that collects detailed population and housing information from a sample of U. S. households and group quarters (GQ) facilities each month.

I'd like to know where in the Constitution is says they can so this.

I got one of these POS early last fall. Talk about intrusive! Download this sucker and look at the questions it asks.

I got the broadest tipped marker I could find and "filled out" the form and mailed it in.

Several week later they called me and said the form had not been received. Asked if they could ask me the questions over the phone. NO! I explained that I had received the form, filled it out, mailed it back and that my involvement had ended. Never heard back from them.

14 posted on 04/04/2010 5:48:14 PM PDT by upchuck (Subjects to citizens to subjects in less than 250 years.)
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To: Hulka

Could The American Community Survey be some branch of ACORN?


15 posted on 04/04/2010 6:49:59 PM PDT by GlockLady
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To: montag813

I love your liberal stances on everything, from your RINO-loving posts to this.

The vast majority of people on FR have been sending in their census, but only answering the first question, the one that asks the number of people who live in your home—which all agree is what the census is described as needing from the Constitution.

Why do you always side with the liberal interpretation of everything, Montag813?


16 posted on 04/04/2010 9:49:38 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (Hypocrisy: "Animal rightists" who eat meat & pen up pets while accusing hog farmers of cruelty.)
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To: Jean S

It would be a cold day in hell before I filled one out. There is nothing they could do to make me do it. They would have to kill me first. As far as the regular form, I told them 2 people live here and to get the hell off my property before I called the sheriff and let the dogs out.


17 posted on 04/04/2010 11:04:56 PM PDT by mojitojoe (I don't care what you passed. you are irrelevant. I'll NEVER comply in any way. Read my lips, NEVER!)
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To: PhiKapMom

LoL good luck with that.


18 posted on 04/04/2010 11:06:34 PM PDT by mojitojoe (I don't care what you passed. you are irrelevant. I'll NEVER comply in any way. Read my lips, NEVER!)
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To: montag813

Go ahead and fill it out, don’t expect me to be a cs like you are. COUNT, how many people, that’s all they are entitled to and it’s all they got. PERIOD! When the Marxists are out of the WH, I’ll fill it out in the future. Nobody can fill in the rest of the boxes and put Hispanic of any crap like that because all of the other boxes were marked refused to answer.


19 posted on 04/04/2010 11:12:09 PM PDT by mojitojoe (I don't care what you passed. you are irrelevant. I'll NEVER comply in any way. Read my lips, NEVER!)
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To: SmartInsight

BTW, for all who are concerned.........I have an official list of all those working for the Census and their photographs and have compiled that into a database which anyone can access for an annual subscription fee of $130.00. My website is www.mynigerianprince.com where you can also find great ways to make money helping African royalty get their money out of Africa. (humortag).


20 posted on 04/05/2010 1:58:00 AM PDT by glide625 (50+% of American Voters Elected Obama: Never Forget; Never Forgive.)
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To: GlockLady

That is my thought as well, especially after hearing ACORN was contracted to do this “work.”


21 posted on 04/05/2010 4:24:22 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: SmartInsight

Thanks.

Agreed.


22 posted on 04/05/2010 4:25:03 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: ConservativeMind
I love your liberal stances on everything, from your RINO-loving posts to this. The vast majority of people on FR have been sending in their census, but only answering the first question,

Liberal? You must be stoned. I also only filled out the number. What I object to, and mentioned, are the parnoids who scare peiple into avoiding the census. HotAir and Human Events both ran pieces showing low levels of response in conservative districts.

23 posted on 04/05/2010 9:55:27 AM PDT by montag813
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To: Jean S

This is hogwash.


24 posted on 04/05/2010 3:05:59 PM PDT by DBeers (†)
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To: Jean S; Admin Moderator
This article has a legally incorrect and seriously misleading headline - not even the Census Bureau will openly claim that the American Community Survey is "mandatory." Also, nothing on their website - which is the source material for this article - will make that claim.

The multiple possible legal reasons for this are discussed in my post, Census 2010 and the Law.

Free Republic is very careful about misleading headlines. Please correct this one by removing the word "mandatory" - the American Community Survey is NOT legally mandatory, according to the specifications of the Title 13 Census Code.

Thanks.

25 posted on 04/05/2010 7:22:04 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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