Editor’s note: I sent this email to The Union Publisher Don Rogers, Editor Brian Hamilton and Reporter Liz Keller, as well as Tom Fitzsimmons of KNCO, as well as YubaNet and KVMR this morning. Brian’s response was to consider a “letter to the editor”; I countered with a suggestion that this was news for The Union to pursue — just like other newspapers do. He said: “OK. Thanks.” One of the candidates for this office — Mary Anne Davis — is a staffer of The Union:
About two weeks ago I asked the Assistant Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters for voting records of the three candidates, because I was curious based on some of the political rhetoric going around. She was occupied with her duties, but sent me the information this week when I reminded her again. It’s public information, of course, and routine research for elections reporting — for all of us. I found the results somewhat surprising, for an Elections Officer no less (link to data below). You can confirm:
1. Davis has not voted in 6 of the past 26 elections, including not voting in 3 of the past 7 elections, according to the data. See Mary Anne Davis Voting History
2. Strickler has not voted in 7 of the past 17 elections, including 1 of the past 5 elections, according to the figures. See Elise Strickler Voting History
3. Diaz has voted in all of the past 21 elections, according to the figures. See Greg Diaz Voting History
I read an article in The Union this morning, where Davis states: “Ever since I was a little girl, my parents instilled in me how important it is to get out and vote.” Well, if it’s that important, how come she voted in just 4 of the past 7 elections, according to the data? Good question.
These candidates are running for the Elections Office! BTW, I have not discussed this with Diaz, and I am passing on this for now rather than writing about it on personal blog, because Shannon and I donated $200 to Diaz’s campaign (disclosure here).