More election verification is necessary
This letter expands upon my letter of Aug. 31 in which I asked the question “Who does the vetting?” of presidential candidates. That question could really be applied to ALL candidates.
In Sept. 11 issue of the Yuma Sun there was an article about Russ Jones' filing of a complaint about Darin Mitchell's claim to live in Arizona State Representative District 13.
The issue was brought to light when a neighbor of the address that Mitchell claimed as his residence noticed an article in the Arizona Capitol Times stating that Mitchell lived at that address. She (and other neighbors) knew that the house has been vacant for a year so she called Jones since Mitchell's vote total eliminated Jones from the race.
In reading through that article, it is stated that Mitchell filed “several pieces of signed paperwork” with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office to receive Clean Elections funds. He listed the vacant house as his address.
I have one question: What kind of documentation did he have to submit in order to prove his residency both to be a candidate and to receive Clean Elections funds?
It appears that the entire election process is in dire need of “trust but verify.”
This includes voting as well as campaigning.
Margaret C. Geis