A Refusal To Answer the Questions Notice to the Census Bureau

Here is a letter you may choose to include with your census form if you are choosing to return the form unanswered or with only the headcount question answered. click on the link at the bottom of this page to get the letter in PDF form.

To whom it may concern:

Pursuant to Article 1, section 2, clause 3 of the constitution, the only information you are empowered to request is the total number of occupants at this address.

My “name, sex, age, date of birth, race, ethnicity, telephone number, relationship and housing tenure” has absolutely nothing to do with apportioning direct taxes or determining the number of representatives in the House of Representatives.

Therefore, neither Congress nor the Census Bureau has the constitutional authority to make that information request a component of the enumeration outlined in Article 1, Section 2, Clause 3.

In addition, I cannot be subject to a fine for basing my conduct on the Constitution because that document trumps laws passed by Congress.

Therefore, neither Congress nor the Census Bureau has the constitutional authority to make that information request a component of the enumeration outlined in Article 1, Section 2, Clause 3.

In addition, I cannot be subject to a fine for basing my conduct on the Constitution because that document trumps laws passed by Congress.

Interstate Commerce Commission v. Brimson, 154 U.S. 447,479 (26 May 1894):

“Neither branch of the legislative department [House of Reps. or Senate], still less any merely administrative body [such as the Census Bureau ] , established by congress, possesses, or can be invested with, a general power of making inquiry into the private affairs of a citizen.”

Kilbourn v. Thompson ,103 U.S. 168,190. We said in Boyd v. U.S. , 116 U.S. 616,630 6 Sup. Ct. 524:

“…and it cannot be too often repeated; that the principles that embody the essence of constitutional liberty and security forbid all invasions on the part of the government and it employees of the sanctity of a man’s home and the privacies of his life.”

As stated by Mr. Justice Field IN RE Pacific Ry. commission, 32 FED. 241,250:

“…of all the rights of the citizen, few are of greater importance or more essential to his peace and happiness than the right of personal security, and that involves, not merely protection of his person from assault , but exemption of his private affairs, books, and papers from inspection and scrutiny of others. Without the enjoyment of this right, all others would lose half their value…”

Respectfully,

A Citizen of the United States of America

 
Here is a link to the Notice as a PDF file: A Refusal To Answer the Questions Notice to the Census Bureau

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4 Responses

  1. The information you enter in the survey will likely be shared with other government agencies, then private corporations, and finally hacked by outsiders.

  2. Can I still use this for 2015? Have any laws changed. We are that it is the law and we have to participate in this American Community survey

    • That last message did not come off well. We are being told that it is the law and we have to participate in the American Community Survey. They have called me 4 times now and said that we may be fined or a government agent may come to our resident. Can I use this for 2015? Do you know if any laws have changed? Our representative in UT said that congress voted on this and that we need to participate. So far we have refused.

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