Editor's note: A fully linked version of this file can be found at Internet URL: http://supremelaw.com/press/rels/votingaz.htm The following version of this file is being maintained for redundancy.For Immediate Release November 2, 1996
Payson, Arizona. A state Citizen will be denied the chance to vote on Tuesday, if the State of Arizona has its way. Paul Andrew Mitchell, Counselor at Law and federal witness, has been using every administrative means available to register as a "Qualified Elector" for next Tuesday's general election. There is only one problem: he is not a federal citizen, and the voter registration form requires that he certify, under penalty of perjury, that he is a federal citizen. Moreover, the penalty for falsifying information on an Arizona voter registration affidavit is a class 6 felony conviction.
Mitchell has been researching the federal constitution and statute laws full-time for 7 years now. Among his findings is a discovery of several court cases which held that Americans can be state Citizens without also being "citizens of the United States," or "federal citizens," as they are also called in the legal dictionaries. Mitchell has come to believe that the federal government has lately become a criminal enterprise, relying upon blatant extortion to collect money and coerce cooperation from the American People. He wants no part of the federal government, until and unless its agents start obeying American Laws never repealed. Mitchell is also working to restore integrity to the American court system.
As Counselor at Law in a federal case in which a grand jury had subpoened the books and records of an Arizona pure trust, Mitchell's research led him to find further flaws in the federal Jury Selection and Service Act, the law which Congress passed to select and convene federal grand and trial juries. In one section of this law, Congress makes it a federal policy that all citizens shall have the opportunity to serve on federal grand juries and federal trial juries. Then, 4 sections later, Congress makes it a requirement that jury candidates be federal citizens before they are qualified to serve. There is no mention of state Citizens anywhere in this Act, and no regulations have been promulgated for it either.
The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled, more than once, that class discrimination in the selection of juries is grounds for disqualifying the entire jury, even if the individual jurors are otherwise qualified. Imagine if the law said that only women could serve on federal juries; this would be a clear case of class discrimination, because men would be systematically excluded as a class. Because there are two classes of citizenship in America, not one, the Jury Selection and Service Act is unconstitutional for limiting jury service to one and only one of those two classes of citizens. So, if you are a state Citizen who is not also a federal citizen, you can't vote, you can't serve on a grand jury, and you can't serve on a trial jury either.
Paul Mitchell is now faced with some very difficult choices. As a political activist, with degrees in Political Science and Public Administration, and seven years of constitutional research under his belt, and with proof of his birth to American parents within one of the several Union States, he is now denied any voice in the management of his state and federal governments. He cannot vote, he cannot serve on a grand jury, and he cannot serve on a trial jury. And, of course, the government contends that it can continue to tax such a man, without representation within the Congress. "No taxation without representation" was a proud rallying cry for many Americans who eventually defeated the British in the Revolutionary War, despite enormous odds.
Mitchell recently escalated the matter by filing a formal written Notice and Demand with Arizona Governor Fife Symington, to order that state's Attorney General to register Mitchell as a qualified elector. Rumor has it that the AG is refusing to disclose the registry of state Citizens who now inhabit the Arizona Republic. Mitchell tried to confirm this rumor by demanding that he be added to the registry, so that he may have an opportunity to choose his representative in the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. Courts have ruled that the Right to choose our representatives is a fundamental Right, and Congress has made it a felony to deprive Citizens of any of their fundamental Rights, in the federal criminal code (18 U.S.C. 242). After receiving Mitchell's Notice and Demand, someone in the Governor's office sent Mitchell another voter registration affidavit: FOR U.S. CITIZENS ONLY -- IT IS A CLASS 6 FELONY TO FALSIFY THIS FORM! There was no return address on the envelope which bore the form, through U.S. Mail. It is also a crime to put fraudulent material into the U.S. Mail.
Mitchell is preparing to sue the State of Arizona, and all government employees who have chosen to ignore this problem, soon after Tuesday's election, if Arizona cannot come up with a way to get Mitchell to the polls by the time they close on Tuesday. Paul Andrew Mitchell may soon become the Susan B. Anthony of the Twentieth Century.
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Paul Andrew Mitchell
Counselor at Law, federal witness
and Citizen of Arizona state
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November 2, 1996