Junction resident says census skipped her

Dora Duncan wanted to be counted. But the U.S. Census form she expected to arrive in her Grand Junction mailbox this March never came.

“We didn’t get it and didn’t get it, and finally we got a card saying, ‘Please send your census form in,’ ” Duncan said.

Duncan called the phone number printed on the card and tried to request a form through an automated system, which told her to call again if she hadn’t received a form by April 12. She didn’t, so she called again. When she didn’t receive a form by Friday, the day census forms had to be sent in for anyone wishing to avoid a home visit from census workers, Duncan called a federal information line and “finally got a human person to talk to.” The person told her she’d send a census form to the Duncan residence.

“If they send a person out to my house, I’m going to give them an earful,” Duncan said.

Kathleen DuHamel, manager of the Grand Junction Census Office, said the census keeps thorough lists of addresses, but some residences can slip through the cracks.

“We’ve heard from a few people who haven’t gotten a form. Their best option is to wait for the follow-up,” DuHamel said, referring to visits census workers will make to homes where forms have not been turned in. The follow-ups begin in May.

Monday is the last day “Be Counted” sites will be open around town. The sites have forms and space for filling them out. Most sites are open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, and are at Riverside Multicultural Center, City Hall, Clifton Elementary, Dos Rios Elementary, Nisley Elementary and Rocky Mountain Elementary.


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