APRIL 1, 2010 DECLARED CENSUS DAY BY PROCLAMATION OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

CENSUS DAY, 2010

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Since our Nation’s earliest days, the census has played an

important role in identifying where resources are most needed.

This procedure, enshrined in our Constitution, informs our

Government’s responses to the evolving needs of American

communities. By completing this year’s survey, we can ensure

they receive adequate funding for schools, hospitals, senior

centers, and other public works projects. The 2010 Census will

also aid employers in selecting locations for new factories and

businesses as our economy recovers. On Census Day, I urge all

Americans to fulfill their civic duty by participating in the

2010 Census.

While the first United States census surveyed a young

country with fewer than 4 million people, this year’s census

will assess a Nation of over 300 million. America’s diversity

defines our national character, yet, in the past, the census has

too often undercounted minorities, young people, and low-income

residents. As our Nation grows, getting the count right will

help ensure that our families and neighbors receive the services

they need, and accurate and proportional representation in the

United States House of Representatives.

The 2010 Census is safe and easy to complete, and the

Census Bureau aggressively protects all census participants’

private information, which is never used against them or shared

with other government or private entities. By mailing the

Census form back, we help save taxpayer dollars and ensure that

all Americans get the support they deserve and a voice in our

democracy.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the

United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested

in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do

hereby proclaim April 1, 2010, as Census Day. I call upon all

Americans to observe this day by completing their census form

and mailing it back.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this

thirty-first day of March, in the year of our Lord

two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States

of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.

BARACK OBAMA

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