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GOP’s Mecum subject of complaint

The executive director of the Arizona Republican Party is accused of using voter registration information from the GOP’s online database to find a woman’s address and crash a party at her house in an affidavit dated last month, filed with the sheriff’s office and obtained by Yellow Sheet.

But Brett Mecum, the subject of the complaint, denies the accusations, calling them “politics at the lowest level.” In the document, the woman who filed it claims Mecum arrived uninvited at her home for an Aug. 29 party. “I was shocked to see him show up at my party,” writes the woman, whose name is redacted in the document that Yellow Sheet obtained.

“He had never been to my house, and I had never told him where I lived. I asked him how he found my address, and he responded, ‘I looked it up on Voter Vault. I called a staffer to look it up for me there.’” State law (ARS 16-168) says voter registration lists can be accessed or reproduced by the voter, authorized government officials, for signature verification on petition and candidate filings, for election purposes and for news gathering purposes. Violation of the statute is a class 6 felony. To access Voter Vault information, the state party requires users to accept an agreement stating that they are using the information for political purposes authorized by the party.

Lt. Brian Lee, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed the complaint has been filed. “We have received the complaint and we are looking into it,” he said.

To read more on this item plus all the stories in the Dec. 11 Yellow Sheet Report, go to www.yellowsheetreport.com (Yellow Sheet Subscription Required).

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