Online census filing declared success
- By Judi Hasson
- Apr 25, 2000
Census Bureau Director Kenneth Prewitt said online filing for census 2000
was a success even though only 70,000 people used the Internet to file their
forms out of the 78 million households that have filed so far.
Prewitt acknowledged that the Census Bureau did not go out of its way to
tell people they could file online, so any forms sent via the Internet were
simply a good sign that people are computer-savvy.
The census forms did not tell people they could use the Internet to file,
and the bureau didn't advertise the option. However, Prewitt promised that
census 2010 will be more high-tech and will spread the word that people
can file online.
The initial overall response rate for census 2000 was 65 percent, matching
the 1990 rate. Next, the bureau will mobilize 500,000 temporary workers
to count as many delinquent respondents as possible.
At a press briefing in Falls Church, Va., Prewitt gave a pep talk to two
dozen of the enumerators. They were undergoing three days of training before
hitting the streets on April 27 to go door-to-door to question people who
did not return their census forms.