By Ashley Conroy
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -- If Mississippians have been wondering what happened to the 2010 Census information mailed several months ago, the U.S. Census Bureau says they're still accounting for information to make sure it's accurate.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau web site, as of now they are currently in the "Quality Assurance" phase verifying information, making sure they haven't counted a vacant house.
To do this, Jackson Partnership Specialist, Shirley Anderson-Scott says they are still running a door-to-door campaign here in Mississippi.
"We are going back to look at vacant houses to make sure that those houses are actually vacant, and that nobody lives there."
Anderson-Scott says it's important to accurately account for everyone so that federal dollars can be appropriated correctly.
"If our number goes down then our money goes down. If our number goes up, then our money goes up."
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the 2010 Census count will contributed to $400 billion dollars of federal funds that will go back nationwide.
Part of these dollars could go back to hospitals, schools, job-training centers, and public roads.
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says this is necessary in Mississippi.
"The demographics part of it becomes very important, our earnings level, those kinds of things, how many people, how many are in the household," said Secretary Hosemann.
In addition, it could change electoral districts and add more representation to areas of Mississippi that have an increase in population.
"Everything we do in the reapportionment will come off the Census. In areas that have growth they may get an extra representative or maybe an extra senator."
For something that happens once a decade, Anderson-Scott says this can make all the difference.
"So we are asking Mississippians to don't give up on us now. We are right at the peak season and we are getting this information and we're going to have a good count this time."
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