"It got lost in the mail," is how Democrat Robert Robuck replied when asked why he hasn’t voted in Pima County since moving here from Sacramento four years ago.
According to Pima County voting records, Robuck has never voted in Pima County. Robuck confirms he didn't register in Pima County until after the February presidential-preference election.
Robuck, who is challenging District 2 Supervisor Ramon Valadez, insists he always voted when he lived in California, but when he moved to Sahuarita with his family in 2004, he had other things on his mind.
First, he focused on fixing a trailer on his property for his family to live in, and then, acting as the contractor for his home project, he began the permitting process to build a house. Life got even more complicated when Robuck's father-in-law got sick in 2005, and he and his wife left to take care of his affairs and move him back to Arizona to live with them.
In 2006, Robuck says, he finally finished the house, and he and his wife registered to vote by mail. When they went to vote in the February election, they discovered his wife was registered, but he wasn't.
Asked if it's difficult to ask voters to vote for him when it took him a while to finally register to vote in Pima County, Robuck says it wasn't like he didn't try, and that something went wrong.
"Then I postponed it, and then I finally filled out the forms and went down to the (MVD) and then made sure I was registered so I could vote in this (upcoming) presidential election. At that time, I didn't know I was going to run for office. It wasn't until April when I threw in my name," he says.
Robuck says friends have told him not to say his first attempt to register to vote was lost in the mail. "But it's the truth. It got lost in the mail," he says.