So it’s the last day of March and I still have yet to receive my 2010 Census Form. As far as I’d heard over the past several months they were to be mailed by April 1. Today, after a tweet was posted by the National Urban League reminding people to complete their Census Forms, I responded saying I still hadn’t received mine. After that several people replied saying they nor anyone they know has received the forms.
I think it’s quite interesting how they’ve been spending all this money on marketing to encourage people, especially those in African-American communities, to return their forms but no one I know has received their Census Form. I admit I’ve been look forward to receiving my form so that I cross out the word “NEGRO.” That’s a whole nother story that I’m not even going to get into.
So I did some research in hopes of requesting a form and found the information below.
What if I don’t receive the form?
If you did not receive a form, call the Telephone Questionnaire Assistance center at 1-866-872-6868. (If you prefer a Spanish-speaking operator, then dial 1-866-928-2010.) The lines will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (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).
After following the prompts, the automated operator asked if I had a census id # and went on to say it would be located on the census form. WTH? What kind of sense does that make? If I had the form in front of me why would I be calling to request one? So since I didn’t have the id#, I received a message saying that they would not be able to process my request and to try again after April 12. Census.gov really needs to get it together. I’m trying to be proactive and stand up and be counted, but they are definitely not making this easy.