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2020 census could go digital

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The days of filling out that census form and mailing it back may soon be numbered as the Census Bureau looks into going digital. 

The Census Bureau said it has a number of tests planned this year that could significantly improve the upcoming 2020 National Census.

People may be asked to fill out their census forms online instead of sending it through the mail. 

And during follow-up visits to the those who don't answer their census, census takers may use smartphones instead of paper to complete their counts. 

The changes could save millions of dollars for the government agency. 

The once-a-decade National Census is used to draw congressional maps and helps determine how the government spends money on infrastructure, programs and services each year. 

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