Some Hope residents did not receive a Census form.

According to Rep. Chellie Pingree’s office, some of the surveys addressed to Hope residents had a Camden zip code attached to a Hope street address. Those forms were returned to the sender — the federal government — by the post office.

Hope selectmen discussed the missing Census forms at their April 27 meeting, wondering how the Census Bureau will gather the information.

Willy Ritch, communications director at Pingree’s office, said he spoke with an employee at the Census Bureau and learned that the agency would not resend the surveys with correct zip codes because the national deadline for mail responses had already passed. A Census worker would go door to door to collect information, however.

According to Terry Drake, local Census office manager in Gardiner, the enumerators were to go door to door the week of May 3 to 7 and include the addresses the bureau didn’t receive a form from. The workers have a ID badges and black bags with Census Bureau printed on them. The most sensitive question the enumerator asks is for a person’s phone number. Anyone asking for more personal information does not officially represent the Census Bureau.

Hope selectmen questioned how much extra taxpayer money this will take.

To answer the questionnaire by phone, call 866-872-6868.