Census too personal?
POSTED: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 6:20pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 9:43am
TYLER-The once every decade census is on the way! The U.S. Census Bureau says it's just 10 easy questions that every American must fill out.
The questionaire will be landing in your mailbox soon. The government says its simply a way to count people, but some Americans want to know why the government has to know so much.
Marvin Myers recently opened his mailbox to find a notice that a packet from the U.S. Census Bureau would soon be on its way. Just 10 easy questions to answer like his name, age and race.
"I think there's a certain amount of civic duties that we are required as American citizens to do," Myers said.
Everyone will have to complete the census form and mail it in. If not residents can expect a personal visit from a census taker some time after March.
If you still refuse, the government will fine you $100.
Though the constitution allows the government to count us once every ten years, for whatever reason the Census Bureau has recently started counting us and collecting data about us every year, all year.
Technically the constitution does not authorize them to do that.
The American Community Survey is an in-depth census form mailed out to some three million households throughout the year, every year. And if you get this 28-page survey, you are legally required to fill it out.
"I believe its unconstitutional," Gene Tannery of Tyler said.
Tannery says the government has no business asking questions like how many people he lives with, what time he leaves for work and how much his water bill was for the last year.
We tried contacting the U.S. Census Bureau to see how they felt about this alleged violation, but none of our calls were returned.