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MS residents not returning Census 2010 information

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A Mississippi elected official says residents have not done a good job of returning the 2010 census.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says the state's return rate is just below the national average. Right now, census workers are knocking on the doors of those who have not returned their forms. Hosemann says it costs more for a census worker to go door to door compared to people just mailing in the form.

"Every conceivable thing that evolves off of statistical information from the federal government comes out of the census, and for the life of me I can't understand why people are reluctant to fill in the census form. It's costing them money, and representation, and their children money, so it seems like it's a common sense thing, but we are lacking behind where we should be in the census," Hosemann said.

Hosemann says the areas with the lowest return rates are typically the one's that need more funding.

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