This article is 13 years old. It was published on April 30, 2010.
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Mayor Slay, Chief
Isom Discuss Census Door-to-Door Efforts
Mayor Francis Slay and Police Chief Dan Isom are urging St.
Louisans who have not filled out their census forms to do so when Census
workers with proper badges come to their home. With the first phase of the
Census complete, Census workers will start going to door-to-door on Saturday,
“In the mail-in portion of the census, we did better this
time than last time,” Mayor Slay said. “I am grateful to everyone who helped us
increase our response from 64% to 67%. However, there is more hard work to be
done if everyone in
The City has offered to help the Census Bureau find hard-to-count
citizens by connecting the bureau with people who have strong knowledge of
low-count census tracts. “We want to help the Census Bureau do its job,” Slay
said. “Under the law, we cannot do the count. But, we can help the Census
Bureau find people.”
That means the Census’ door-to-door efforts are especially
important. According to a recent study, in 2008 the City was allocated $3,400
per person counted in the 2000 Census. That means the City stands to lose a
huge amount of money if everyone is not counted.
The Mayor and Chief Isom also discussed the importance of
answering the door to Census workers. Census workers will be clearly identified
by a government-issued Census badge and Census bag, and they will never ask to
come into the home. Census workers will be sent to individual residences
“The Mayor and I are committed to the safety of St.
Louisans,” said Police Chief Dan Isom. “Please ask to see a Census workers’ badge
before opening the door. Census workers will only ask questions that are on
Census forms – and have no need to enter your home. Your participation in the
Census is important and required by law.”
Census workers collecting data are sworn for life to keep
all answers confidential. Under Federal Law Title 13, those who violate the
oath face criminal penalties. If a resident is not home, the Census worker will
leave a door hanger with a phone number that resident can call to schedule the
Census worker’s next visit.
If an individual is suspicious of a Census worker, they are
encouraged to call the Census Bureau Regional Office at (800) 728-4748 to
confirm their employment by the Census Bureau.
Office of the Mayor
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