A low-tech 2010 census?

What was to be the first truly high-tech headcount, with workers going door-to-door with handheld computers, might now be done with pen and pencil.

The 2010 census was supposed to be the first truly high-tech headcount, with workers going door-to-door with handheld computers to collect and transmit data and to verify every address.

Now, despite billions of dollars earmarked for what would also be the most expensive census to date, technology problems have officials considering a return to pencil and paper counting, according to the Associated Press.

Read the AP story on CNN: "Fancy computers spell trouble for 2010 census"

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