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Washington Policy Center

Should candidates verify their backgrounds for voters?

April 7, 2014

Voting for candidates for elected office is an important decision. Unfortunately at times there is little information available about candidates to help us make an informed decision. While county auditors and the Secretary of State produce voter pamphlets with information self-provided by those running for office, is the information actually truthful?

That’s where the new CandidateVerification.org in our state has the potential to bring clarity.  

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Seattle Times

August 5, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Candidate background checks come back clean

The first candidate background checks funded by a new nonprofit, Candidate Verification, are in, and they show … basically nothing.

Candidate Verification teamed up with the Municipal League to background check up to 50 primary-election candidates’ criminal and civil backgrounds and work histories. The League, which is known for its nonpartisan candidate ratings (“good,” “very good,” etc.), invited candidates from a sampling of races to take part in the first year of background checks.

Participation was optional. Once candidates agreed, they were given the first look at what background checkers found and could opt to share it only with the Municipal League (which releases ratings of candidates) or with the public.

In all, just 14 background checks from around the region ended up in the database. And not surprisingly, all the publicly available checks are clean.

The Municipal League and Candidate Verification hope the process catches on, so that more candidates will participate — and, if they don’t make their reports available, face questions from the public.

“It could at some point become a red flag if a candidate declines to release his background screening results,” said Loren Tierney, a director of the Municipal League.

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American Majority Features CandidateVerification

Author:  | December 9, 2013

Based out of Seattle, Washington, Doud’s new organization – Candidate Verification – provides political candidates with free background checks in order to refute personal attacks and increase openness and trustworthiness. Candidate Verification uses the same tools and checks as any other business would use when hiring a new employee.

Accu-Screen, Inc., ADP, and The Society of Human Resource Managers released a study revealing that “78% of resumes are misleading, 53% of resumes and job applications contain falsifications, 33% of resumes have inaccurate job descriptions and 21% of resumes state fraudulent degrees on their resume.”

There are a surprising amount of cases involving a candidate who promises to be have certain credentials when, in fact, he or she is involved in fraud, or may have even be involved in criminal activity.

“The only job you can apply for without going through a background check is running for office,” says Doud.

 

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Candidate background checks come back clean

August 5, 2013 The first candidate background checks funded by a new nonprofit, Candidate Verification, are in, and they show… basically nothing.

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Municipal League to background-check candidates

June 12, 2013 The King County Municipal League, known for its nonpartisan ratings of local candidates, is going to start background checking them, too. The nonprofit group is teaming with a new nonprofit called CandidateVerification.

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Municipal League encourages background checks

June 4, 2013 The Municipal League of King County and CandidateVerification, a nonprofit organization in Washington State, have partnered in a three-year agreement to encourage candidates running for political office in King County, who are also participating in the League's Candidate Evaluation Program, to submit to routine background screening and rrsume verification.

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CandidateVerification and Ballotpedia join forces

May 14, 2013 Ballotpedia, the online political encyclopedia, announced that it is joining forces with CandidateVerification.org in order to encourage candidates for political office to routinely undergo a free resume verification and background screening.

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