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Census takers out, canvassing underway in county

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Census takers for the 2020 year may be showing up in neighborhoods around Clay County soon. Some residents might already be aware of recent visits from local census workers who are conducting the national population survey.

To verify the identity of the census workers, the first step is to have a look at the ID badge, which should display their name, photograph and an expiration date along with the U.S. Department of Commerce logo watermark. 

Any questions regarding the validity of the worker’s identification should be directed to the local Census Bureau at (800)-923-8282. 

According to the United States Census website, workers are taking census in their communities for several important reasons, including verifying addresses, collect responses, dropping off census related material or conducting quality checks pertaining to the census. 

The workers who work on address verification are called canvassers. Questions on the census are basic and canvassers will never ask for money or donations, Social Security numbers, bank accounts or credit cards or political affiliation. 

The canvassing started in August and will continue throughout the year for any follow-ups until the final date of the census on April 1, 2020. 

There are efficient ways to avoid follow-up visits, including completing the materials online, mail or by phone upon receiving invitation notice to participate. 

More information regarding the census can be found on the official government website at: 

Even though you are required to participate, it is also the law that the Census Bureau is not to disclose your personal information apart from using it to calculate statistics.

Clay County Progress

Mailing Address: PO Box 483, Hayesville, NC 28904
Physical Address: 43 Main Street, Hayesville, NC 28904
Phone: 828-389-8431
Fax: 828-389-9997