Filling out census is important for government and community

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Just do it.

The U.S. Government shipped out approximately 120 million U.S. Census forms this week.

The mission? To successfully judge how many people live in this country and where.

The goal? To have every single American accounted for.

In addition to population count, the U.S. Census is important for two reasons.

First, it’s crucial for accurate government representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Unlike the U.S. Senate — which has two senators representing each state — the 435 politicians are determined proportionally by how many people live in the state.

Second, filling out the census is vital for obtaining a piece of the $400 billion the government will be dishing out. Each year, the government allocates $400 billion to state-sponsored facilities such as parks, libraries and schools.

Not completing or mailing the census back to be counted is detrimental to a country in critical trouble.

Researchers are estimating more than 33 percent of citizens will not fill out the census, costing the government hundreds of millions of dollars to send employees door-to-door to collect results in April.

But why the apprehension?

The questions are easy.

All the government wants to know is your name, residence, date of birth, race, how many people live in the residence, if you stay somewhere else other than your current address and if you own or rent the property. They also ask for your phone number in case they need clarification on an answer.

People shouldn’t fret about their personal information being in the wrong hands.

The U.S. Census keeps all information confidential for 72 years, only using the answers to tabulate results. The 1940 U.S. Census will become public record in 2012.

It doesn’t cost any money to fill out the form, and the big, white government envelope requires no postage to mail.

It also won’t be a time constraint. You can fill out the 10-question form before your professor arrives to class or when you are waiting in line for food in the Union.

It’s been dubbed the “shortest form in history.” We’re thinking it should be called “the easiest way to make money for your community.”