Census Day questions answered

(CNN) — You’ve probably seen the ad campaign encouraging you to take 10 minutes to answer 10 questions and fill out your census form. The Census Bureau wants everyone to put their completed forms in the mail by April 1, National Census Day.

This year’s questionnaire is one of the shortest in history, but the results of the survey have long-term effects. Haven’t sent yours in yet? Lost your form? Here’s what you need to know:

What happens if I don’t turn in my form?

If you do not return it, a replacement form will be sent. Some hard-to-count areas will automatically receive a second questionnaire.

In addition, you may get a knock at your door from a census-taker between April 1-July 31.

There are also legal ramifications: Under the law, it is a crime to not answer the census and courts can impose a fine of up to $5,000 for not responding. But the bureau says it will use that as the last resort.

I never got a form. What should I do?

To read more, visit: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/04/01/census.day/

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