ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The U.S. Census is approaching and people in southwest Georgia want to make sure everyone's voice is heard. Lee County volunteers want to make sure everyone is represented in this year's population count.
Sophomore Sara Jernigan and her ROTC crew load up, drive off, and stick signs in yards around Lee County to remind people they count.
" It's important because the government wants to see how they put representation together," Jernigan said.
Since 1790, the government has taken a census every 10 years. Census committee member Rick Muggridge broke up Lee county into 10 zones so that groups could push a total of 500 signs in the ground-blanketing the county.
"It urges southwest Georgia to look for census forms in the mail and fill them out because it's important," Muggridge said.
He says as Atlanta grows, southwest Georgia might lose a couple seats in the sate assembly which is a bigger reason students are urging people to fill out their forms.
"It's how an effective government works," Muggridge noted. "Not filling out one costs the government and tax payers money."
The 2010 Census will help the government determine how much communities will receive from $400 billion in federal funding.
"We're all in this together to be counted in Washington and Atlanta so when those folks write checks they'll send us one too," Muggridge added. "You're saving yourself money and your getting the representation you deserve."
Jernigan and her classmates hope people will take part in the census. The fragile economy is just another a sign that everyone can save a little money.
People have until April 1st to fill out and return census forms. If you don't mail the form back, you may receive a visit from a census taker who will ask you the 10 questions on the form.
For answers to all your 2010 Census questions click here.