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Census day 2010 promoted in Juneau at "March to the Mailbox" event
Published: 04/01/2010 18:30:00
April 1st, is census day. Every ten years, the US Census Bureau counts every person in the United States.
VIDEO: April 1st, is census day. Every ten years, the US Census Bureau counts every person in the United States. (Image: Mikko Wilson / KATH-TV)


The March To The Mailbox event was held April 1 at the State Office Building
The March To The Mailbox event was held April 1 at the State Office Building (Mikko Wilson / KATH-TV)

April 1 is officially US Census day
April 1 is officially US Census day (Mikko Wilson / KATH-TV)

Today, April 1st, is census day. Every ten years, the US Census Bureau counts every person in the United States. This information is used to evenly distribute the seats in the US House of Representatives, and also to define representative areas for state and local governments.

Today at noon, Census workers and other government representatives were on hand at the State Office Building as part of a statewide rally known as March to the Mailbox to remind people to fill out and return their Census forms.

Katherine Eldemar, Co-chair of the Complete Count Committee, explained how simple it is to participate: Its 10 minutes, 10 questions, and we encourage you to take the time and fill it out.

Even though today is officially Census day, there isnt a formal deadline. Most people have already received their census forms. If you havent received yours yet, the forms are available from various locations around Juneau.

The locations are:
Safeway
Mondays & Tuesdays: 11am-4pm
Wednesdays: 4:30pm-9:30pm
Juneau Alaskan and Proud
Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays: 5pm-8pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 1pm-4pm
Central Council Tlingit-Haida downtown ANB Hall
Tuesdays: 7:30pm-10:30pm
Wednesdays: 8:30pm-10:30pm
Saturdays: 5:30pm-10:30pm
Sundays: 2:30pm-5pm
Nugget Mall
Mondays & Fridays: 5pm-8pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 1pm-4pm

Dont feel like the deadline has passed, grab your census forms, again if you havent received the form, you can contact any one of those locations and you should be able to retrieve a form so you can fill that out directly. Eldemar said.

Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho told us what the Census means for Juneau: I think fundamentally, its a patriotic duty. The census is the building block for our representative democracy. That is how representatives are, first of all, determined for the US House of Representatives. It appears in article 1 of the US Constitution, its included in our own State Constitution. And really, to the extent that one believes in the principle of one person, one vote, the census is the basis upon which that determination is made. And the success of our democracy depends on citizen participation.

http://www.census.gov/

By: Mikko Wilson - mikko@kath.tv