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The census count is important to the state as federal dollars and representation are related to population. At the same time the counties  want to control their voting lists. I can't see why Florida would care about New York not collecting someones taxes. The feds want to know where your bed is located in geography, not if it is a vehicle or a building.

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No, Arizona doesn't consider us residents because we spend less than 7 months a year there.  We weren't staying extended winter months in 2010, when the last census was done.   Will we fill out our census forms listing Arizona next year, I suppose so if we are there on the Census day.  

And yes, the issue was being counted in a state you stopped for an overnight in while traveling.  During the first few years we moved at least every two weeks, if not sooner.  So we didn't have a place where we spent more time than any other place - listing a spot we stopped for the night deprives our 'hometown' of some federal funds.  Rather those funds (yes, I know, it will amount to pennies) go to a county that supports fulltimers than somewhere we were just passing though.

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3 hours ago, Barbaraok said:

No, Arizona doesn't consider us residents because we spend less than 7 months a year there.  We weren't staying extended winter months in 2010, when the last census was done.   Will we fill out our census forms listing Arizona next year, I suppose so if we are there on the Census day. 

But it doesn't matter where you're considered a legal resident--it's the place where you live and sleep most of the time, or more than anywhere else.  It sounds to me like for census purposes, Arizona would be considered your "usual residence" even if you're not there on Census Day. 

 

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And yes, the issue was being counted in a state you stopped for an overnight in while traveling.  During the first few years we moved at least every two weeks, if not sooner.  So we didn't have a place where we spent more time than any other place - listing a spot we stopped for the night deprives our 'hometown' of some federal funds.  Rather those funds (yes, I know, it will amount to pennies) go to a county that supports fulltimers than somewhere we were just passing though.

That's no doubt what you'd prefer, but that's not how rules work, and I'm a little concerned that Escapees apparently promoted a similar view, in contravention of what the census rules I was able to locate provide.

 

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If I vote in district #36, then I damn well want my presence in district #36 counted.

And the rules specifically say that voting address isn't determinative, no matter how much you think it should be.

I agree with you that fulltimers are often square pegs when it comes to some issues, but this doesn't appear to be one of them, since it's all location based--where you spend most of your time, or alternatively, where you are on that day

 

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