My Two Census

Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

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Michael Steele and the GOP Attempt To Hijack The Census: Epic FAIL!

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

MyTwoCensus.com feels that Michael Steele and the National GOP’s use of a mailer (click here to see a PDF version of what was sent to millions of households) that tries to emulate a 2010 Census form is immoral, unethical, and potentially illegal. And it will come back to bite the GOP in their own butts.

Phil Sparks of the left-leaning Census Project wrote:

The mailer has been sent to thousands of households, from Georgia to Minnesota, and tells recipients that “strengthening our party for the (next)… elections will take a massive grassroots effort. As a key facet of our overall campaign strategy, the Republican Party is conducting a Census of Congressional Districts all across America.” The mailer misleads people by saying on the front of the envelope, in bold letters, that the mailer is a Congressional District Census. Above the recipient’s address the mailer says “Census Document Registered To.” There is even a “Census Tracking Code.” notice attached to the mailer…One Republican operative was quoted in the political newspaper Politico as declaring: “of course duping people is the point… that’s one of the reasons it works so well… they will likely mail millions this year.”

The unintended consequence of Steele’s mailer may be that Republican party members think that they have already completed the 2010 Census if they have filled out the aforementioned form and thus not complete the actual document that will be mailed to millions of households in March. Steele has surely risked not only his own integrity, but also an accurate count of Republicans. Steele fails to see that if Republicans don’t complete the 2010 Census this spring, so-called Red States and red-leaning areas won’t receive their proportion of federal funds (or Congressional seats) when the 2010 Census results are announced.