Richard Mahoney is the director of the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University. “The constitution requires a count of every free human being. That’s what is says, in each state,” Mahoney said. He said the census is extremely important for two reasons: money and representation in the Electoral College. According to that count, there are billions of dollars in highway funding and health care that come from the federal government to the states. “North Carolina had 15 votes currently in the Electoral College. That’s going to go to 16, and it could go to 17, but there has to be an accurate census,” Mahoney said.