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 Policy Order Resolution
  April 28, 2014

WHEREAS: The General Laws of Massachusetts mandate an annual street listing of residents as of January 1st each year (M.G.L. ch. 51 § 4); and
WHEREAS: The city census is an important tool for collecting important demographic information that is used in decision-making and planning; and  
WHEREAS: The Cambridge Election Commission traditionally sends out census forms to every household in Cambridge each year, at the end of January or beginning of February; and
WHEREAS: Failure to respond to the city census causes the removal of residents from Cambridge's active voting list and may also result in removal from the voter registration rolls; and 
WHEREAS: The City of Edmonton recently joined a growing number of cities that are moving their census taking online thus decreasing costs and increasing participation while streamlining the process; now therefore be it  


That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with all appropriate staff members on the feasibility of offering residents an online option to complete the city's annual census; and be it further  


That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on this matter.

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