Deployed Soldiers Cost N. Carolina a Congress Seat
But they will return to North Carolina, guv's rep points out
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2011 12:00 PM CDT
Members of XVIII Airborne Corps arrive at Pope Air Force Base April 4, 2009 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – During last year's Census, more than 40,000 troops were deployed from North Carolina's military bases—but because only 12,200 of them listed North Carolina as their home state, the state lost out on a congressional seat. That's because, though the Census usually counts the troops' current base as home, that changes when troops are deployed. At that point, they are counted in the tallies for their home state—usually the place they grew up or have family, the AP reports.

"A large chunk of those people who are deployed out may not consider themselves to be North Carolinians on their paperwork, but their presence at this base definitely impacts North Carolina's economy," says the governor's liaison. "They're voting in North Carolina. They're using goods and services in North Carolina." The state was 15,000 people shy of gaining an extra seat in Congress from Minnesota, and will also lose out on future tax dollars.