A Republican secretary of state candidate in Arizona who claimed last month he goes to the polls in person to vote has a roughly 14-year history of voting mostly by mail, based on Arizona journalist Dillon Rosenblatt.
Mark Finchem, a Donald Trump-endorsed conspiracy theorist, said at a debate last month that he does “not look after mail-in voting” and it’s why he “goes to the polls.”
His voting record, nonetheless, reportedly doesn’t speak to his level of not caring for mail-in voting.
Finchem, who attended Trump’s Jan. 6, 2021, “Stop the Steal” rally and who has spread false claims in regards to the 2020 presidential election, voted early by mail in “each election” because the 2004 general election aside from a Tucson city election in 2007, based on public records disclosed in Rosenblatt’s Fourth Estate 48 Substack.
The candidate has voted by mail in 28 of 30 elections through the 2022 primary, based on the Fourth Estate 48.
Rosenblatt also reported that Finchem filled out a Everlasting Early Voting List form in 2008, which remained in effect through the beginning of April.
He voted in person on the polls in the first election this yr, a Pima County voter registration specialist told Rosenblatt.
You’ll be able to see more of Finchem’s voter file, obtained by Rosenblatt, here.
Finchem attempted to squeeze himself out of the apparent contradiction in an interview with Arizona’s KTAR-FM on Thursday.
“What I said is, I don’t like voting by mail, and I haven’t for the last election,” Finchem said.
“Now before that, yeah, I did vote by mail, but that’s before I noticed that it’s not secure.”
Finchem also told the radio station he didn’t want “to do away” with early voting, nonetheless, previous tweets show him calling for Arizona to “eliminate” the method.
“The one way you stop that’s we’ve got to perhaps adjust the mail-in system,” Finchem told KTAR-FM on Thursday. “Now, I feel to say that I’m against mail-in voting, that’s a misrepresentation of what I’ve said.”
Former President Donald Trump threw his support behind Finchem, a self-described member of the far-right Oath Keepers group, when he offered an endorsement to the candidate in 2021.
Trump praised Finchem in a press release for his “incredibly powerful stance on the Voter Fraud that took place within the 2020 Presidential Election Scam” and said the candidate “was willing to say what few others had the courage to say,” in apparent reference to the election, The Arizona Republic reported.
Finchem is about to face Democratic candidate Adrian Fontes within the November general election to switch the present Democratic secretary of state, Katie Hobbs.