Republican fundraising forms not to be confused with official U.S. Census documents
Some Oklahoma residents have received fundraising surveys from the Republican National Committee that look similar to official U.S. Census forms.
In heavy ink on the envelope are the words “DO NOT DESTROY OFFICIAL DOCUMENT,” and “2020 Congressional District Census” is written across the top of several forms, according to pictures a Norman resident sent to The Oklahoman.
The documents include a letter from Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel of the Republican National Committee asking for support of President Donald Trump and soliciting donations to the party.
Other media outlets across the country have reported on similar mailers being delivered in recent years.
But 2020 is a Census year, and official forms will be mailed out in the coming weeks. State and federal officials hope to avoid any confusion between RNC mailers and Census forms.
Oklahoma’s Department of Commerce is leading the state’s Census efforts, and spokeswoman Leslie Blair said the Census won’t ask for any money, so all forms received in the mail need to be examined closely.
“The committee mailers are not affiliated with the Census in any way or with any of our efforts on behalf of the state of Oklahoma,” Blair said. “People won’t start seeing things in their mail boxes until the middle of March.”
Blair said the official forms will say “This is your invitation to respond to the 2020 Census” and will provide an ID number with directions to fill out the Census online.
An RNC official told The Oklahoman the mailers are easily identifiable as a fundraising form.
“Mailers are clearly marked that they are from the Republican National Committee,” the official said in a statement.
RNC officials would not give details of how many mailers they sent out in Oklahoma and who were the intended recipients.
For questions over the official 2020 Census, visit okletscount.org.