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    • Abstract:
      Under-numeration of under-registration is the bane of every census and of every Bureau of Vital Statistics the world over. Possibly the main difference in this connection between a good census set-up and a poor one is that the first will attempt some estimate of the proportion under-enumerated while the latter will go blithely on in ignorance of the fact that it is missing some of the population. Two checks are possible: a sample check or a mass enumeration which would be both compulsory and subject to penalties. The registration figures used are those for June 30, 1941. Figures are available for the number registered on October 20, 1940 but these were quick, preliminary totals and do not include the late registrants. The June 30, 1941, figure is approximately 250,000 higher than the first quick count taken on October 20, 1940, just five days after the initial registration. The Selective Service Registration gives the number of Negroes registered and thus ft is possible to make a separate check on completeness of enumeration of Negroes.