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    Posted March 10, 2010

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2010 Census

Actors' Equity Association encourages all members to stand up and be counted!

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).

Why is filling out the census so important?
Census information affects the numbers of seats your state occupies in the U.S. House of Representatives. It is also used to advocate for causes, rescue disaster victims, prevent diseases, research markets, locate pools of skilled workers and much more.

An accurate count of residents can be vital for any community. It provides information that can lead to better infrastructure, more services and a better quality of life. In fact, the information the census collects helps to determine how more than $400 billion dollars of federal funding each year is spent on infrastructure and services like:

  • Hospitals

  • Job training centers

  • Schools

  • Senior centers

  • Bridges, tunnels and other-public works projects

  • Emergency services

"...an accurate count of the U.S. population forms the basis for many important but often overlooked political, economic, and social decisions that are made that end up affecting our daily lives."
-- C.N. Le, Professor at University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The Census and Marriage Equality
2010 will be the first time that the Census reports numbers on same-sex spouses, in all fifty states. In the previous census, if a same-sex couple indicated that they were married, they were reclassified as "unmarried partners" in official tabulations. This year, people will be counted exactly how they identify their relationship. And because the Census relies on self-identification, cohabitating same-sex couples who consider themselves married can identify as such on the form, regardless of whether or not they live in a state that legally recognizes their relationship. So it's vitally important that you turn in your census form.

If you did not receive a questionnaire, 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, dial 1-866-783-2010 (during the times noted above)

For more information or to have any of your questions answered please visit 2010.census.gov

The Census Bureau is recruiting local residents to help conduct the 2010 Census. Temp jobs, part-time, flexible schedules. Call 866-861-2010 or visit: http://2010.census.gov/2010censusjobs/

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