With a Friday deadline to return federal census forms fast approaching, local and state officials are urging Mississippians to fill out their forms and mail them if they haven’t done so already.
Friday is the last day to return census forms that were mailed to residents across the U.S. in March.
After the deadline, census workers will be sent to addresses from which forms haven’t been received to collect the data in person.
Besides the cost of having to send workers — it’s estimated that taxpayers pay $57 per household for census workers to make in-person visits — Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both R-Miss., said a thorough count ensures the state gets proper representation and its fair share of funding.