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U.S. Constitution: Article I, Section 2

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Every 10 years, each resident of the United States is encouraged to participate in a process that is as old as the nation itself.

That process is the decennial census, mandated in Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, mainly written by James Madison, one of our nation's founders and our fourth president. U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves visited Madison's historic home, Montpelier, in Orange, Va., and stood in the room that was the library where Madison drafted the Virginia Plan that became the Constitution.

Groves paused to reflect on his own obligation to participate in the 2010 Census and to "ensure that we get it right."

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