How can that be? Question 1 asks, "How many people WERE living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2010?" Does not the wording of the question imply, or even demand, that I must wait until after April 1, 2010, to answer that question? If I return the form prior to April 1, 2010, and someone moves out, or moves in, or dies, then my response could be wrong. Knowing how the government works, then I am certain that I would be guilty of providing false information, and subject to some kind of fine, imprisonment or both.
I'll not be returning my Census form until after April 1, 2010. I certainly want my count to be accurate so that my community can get its "fair share" as stated so eloquently in the Census notice: