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Still time to avoid a knock on the door

Greenbank resident Peg Urstad wants to be counted but she never received a census form, presumably because she uses a post office box, not a home mail box.

"There are a lot of us who have post office boxes," Urstad said of Greenbank-area residents. "I don't want anybody knocking on my door, but I want to be counted."

People who haven't filled out and returned a census form have only a few days to do so before census workers start knocking on doors, according to a U.S. Census Bureau news release issued Tuesday.

However, there's still time for people like Urstad. Michael Bakker, a Census Bureau partnership assistant, said she has several options. She can pick up a form at any library on the island or at the Economic Development Council office in Coupeville, or get a form mailed to her by calling 1-866-872-6868.

But Urstad and others must act quickly. "If she doesn't get a form and mail it back someone will come and visit," Bakker said.

The Island County census return rate is currently good, Bakker said. In Island County, 71 percent of residents have returned their forms, compared to the U.S. average of 66 percent and Washington state average of 67 percent.

"Great job," he said, adding, "this week is the last big push for mail-in participation."

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