Sheriff Office receiving complaints about the U.S. Census

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Every ten years, everyone in America is counted. And with the countdown under way until the 2010 Census, information is being sent out in advance to residents all across the country.

"What we're trying to do is get a complete base. Maps of the addresses throughout the 3-states," Marvin Dudek, Assistant Regional Director of the U.S. Census' Atlanta field office said.

But over the past week, the Bay County Sheriff's Office has received several complaints from residents who don't want to give out their personal information.

"A lot of people are concerned about giving they information, social security numbers and or date of birth to anyone," Paul Vecker, with the Bay County Sheriff's Office said.

Census officials guaranteed us the information you give out is secure. And their workers take an oath to make sure it's remains that way.

"That basically says they will uphold the confidently and security of all the information collected and this is a life-long oath they take," Dudek said.

Bay County's top cop, Sheriff Frank McKeithen says if you don't want to give out the information whether on paper or to a Census worker who comes to your door, you don't have to.

"I don't work for the u.S. Government. I work for the citizens of this county and as their sheriff of this county I would say if you don't want to open your door and you're uncomfortable in answering questions to a stranger do not do it," McKeithen said.

However, census workers will try up to six times to get the information. And they could come to your home from nine in the morning to nine at night.

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