Residency challenges hard to prove

Every residency challenge in the past several years has failed because it’s nearly impossible to prove where someone lives.|| YouTube

By Camryn Sanchez || Arizona Capitol Times 

Arizona law requires politicians to live in the districts they represent but not much stands in the way of “carpetbagging” lawmakers who live outside their district.

Every residency challenge in the past several years has failed because it’s nearly impossible to prove where someone lives.

According to Arizona law, “The residence of a person is that place in which his habitation is fixed and to which he has the intention of returning when absent.”

Lawyers struggle to prove a politician’s “intention of returning” home.

“Challenging a candidate for not being qualified because they lack residency is very difficult to win,” said Democratic attorney Roy Herrera.

Phoenix City Council candidates Moses Sanchez (no relation to our reporter) recently challenged his primary opponent Kevin Robinson. Sanchez claimed that Robinson actually lives in Scottsdale with his family outside of District 6, where he is running.

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