Caz: Andersen to discuss 2010 census

Kristi Andersen, Professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, will speak about the 2010 United States Census at 7 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 3 in the Community Room of the Cazenovia Public Library, 100 Albany St., Cazenovia. The program is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Cazenovia.

Professor Andersen, a regular panelist on WCNY's popular Ivory Tower Half-Hour, will discuss the basics of the census, the political controversies over how to conduct the census, and the political stakes of the census count for states and localities. The public is encouraged to attend and learn about this important process. The census impacts how more than $300 billion per year in federal and state funding is allocated to communities, the apportionment of seats in the US House of Representatives and the redistricting of state legislatures.

According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the procedure for conducting the census has changed. For the first time since 1930, all addresses in the U.S. will receive a census short form. The form contains ten questions, asking for name, age, gender, race, ethnicity, relationship and whether the respondent owns or rents the home. It should take no more than ten minutes to complete.

More information can be found at census.gov.

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