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By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) –Georgia's census participation is off to a good start..with participation just below the national rate.

But there continues to be some confusion, especially for people who haven't gotten forms to fill out.

There's a reason for that, though.

The 2010 Census only asks 10 questions, but this man seems to be getting only one.

"I get several calls a day from people who don't get a census saying I haven't gotten one, what do I do?"says Granvin Jones, the Thomas County Census liaison.

He says the first question people who didn't get a census form should ask themselves is where do you get your mail?

"If you receive your mail at a P.O. Box, the Census will not mail you a form. They do not mail anything to a P.O. Box. They only mail to a physical house location."

But there are still reports in Thomasville from people with a physical house address not receiving their forms.

"I don't know the answer to that but I did call to ask," Jones explains. "I was told if you receive your mail at a physical address, you should be getting one."

And what do you do if you receive multiple census forms?

"All you have to do is take the second one that came in and mark it as duplicate form and mail it back."

But Jones says with the deadline approaching quickly, people should be proactive about getting their hands on census forms.

"After April 15th if they have not received your form, they are going to send someone to your house to get this information."

He says people can go to their local libraries to pick up a form and help out their county.

"Which way is more efficient to us, the taxpayers? It's more efficient for you to fill this out and mail it in than for someone to hunt you down at your house. Because if you're not at your house once, they're coming back until they get you."

Which means as a taxpayer, you'll be paying for hours worked and miles driven, all for a job you could do yourself for free.

Thomas County's participation rate is 60 percent. That's above the state average of 57 percent.

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