A “no trespassing” sign does not preclude census workers from reaching out to homeowners to account for them.
With the end of October approaching, census employees in Alaska have been canvassing for about two months. The counting of remote Alaska populations begins in January. The News-Miner reached out to the Census Bureau to inquire about posted properties and received the following statement:
“The Census Bureau is allowed to disregard trespassing signs because we are by law required to give everyone the opportunity to respond to the census since it is a count mandated by the Constitution.”
Jeff Bottorff, Alaska area manager, noted that, though workers have to approach these properties, they leave when asked to.
“If the homeowner, the residence owner, doesn’t want us there, we’ll leave,” he said.
He added that, in the cases where census workers are told to leave someone’s property, they will explain why they are there and drop off materials if the recipient wants them, then depart.
April 1 is Census Day. Find out more about the decennial census and other Census Bureau activities at census.gov.
The Census Bureau only begins sending enumerators to homes that have not responded to census questionnaires in May 2020, giving a month of time beforehand for people to respond.
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