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The latest trick the GOP is using is to mail out what essentially is a fake census to GOP voters labeled a “Congressional District Census” that, in reality, have nothing to do with the official census. The mailers simply contain leading questions designed to accumulate pro-Trump data, like a question asking whether recipients approve or disapprove of Democrats’ supposed “agenda to raise taxes… open our borders to all immigrants” and more.
The official census is set to begin data collection within just a few weeks, and there’s a real danger that those unfamiliar with the process could be duped into filling out the first, fake census form from the GOP and thinking they’re done. When a real census form gets delivered, they could ignore it. The Los Angeles Times notes that Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) says that people have contacted her office who “first heard about the mailer from their confused elderly parents who were unsure if the document was the official census,” although again, it’s not.
That harm from these documents could emerge if counts get artificially lowered when tallying how many people are actually in a particular area.