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Census Enumerators

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The secretary of state recently sent out the following circular letter of information relative to the ap pointment of census enumerators. The suggestions are for theguidence of city councils and township boards in the performance of their official duties connected with the census. The letter is as follows. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Lansing, April 20th, 1894. The State census is to be taken in June of this year. The law seems to be very explicit. but as it is not in the hands of every one, there is much inquiry as to its provisions. The inquiries relate mainly to the appointrneut of enumerators, and are all answered by the first section of the census law, which is act 178 of 1S!)3, It provides: lst. That enumerators and assisi ants shall be appointed after th animal township meeting, and on o before the lirst Monday in May. 2d. That they are to be appointec by township boards in townships anc common councils in cities. 8rd. That ii not appointed befor the lirst Monday in May, the appoirjt ment is to be made by the Governoi And ._ 4th. That enumerators are to be ap pointed foreach assessment district. It is clear from the above. lst. That the appointments mad beiore the animal township meetin are illepral. 2d. Appointments by any other tha townships and commons councils in cities are illegal. 3rd. Appointments after the lirst Monday in May can be made by tlie Governor only. Enurnerators and assistants are to be appointed before tlie iirst Monday in May. In case a sufficient number of assistants ave not appointed before that date, the additional immber required raust be appointed by the Governor. 4th. Enumeratora and assistants are tobe appointed foreach assessment district. lf a township, a city, or a ward is divided into more than one assessment district, each district is to have one chief enumerator, and such number of assistants as may be necessary to complete the census within the time prescribed by law. Neither an incorporated, nor an unincorporated village, can have an enumerator unless ie constitutes a distinct and entire assessment district. In other words, where the township forms one assessment district, there will be one chief enumerator for the entire township, including the villages within such township. An assistant may be appointed to take the census of the village or villages under the supervisión of the chief enumerator, or the chief enumerator may take the census of the village, and the assistant the census of the country. The división of territory in townships may be made by the township board, and in cities by the common council, but in case it is not si made, then it is the duty of the chief enumerator to make such assignment of territorv. oecretary oí staie.


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