In some comments Bill, Grift and I have been arguing about the elections division. One arcane piece of argument has been about the Elections Division providing timely and easy access to absentee ballot request information. My contention is that in 2006, the Secretary of State made this data easily available online. Bill doesn’t believe me that the Secretary of State’s Election Division is the statewide aggregator of this information instead of the counties on an individual basis and Grift doesn’t believe that things have changed.
Well, here is the website from 2006 with the last General Election absentee request file on a statewide basis still available for download:
Nothing from 2008 and no indication that they are in the works to do anything. But hey I love to be pleasantly surprised and maybe they are working on something as we speak. So far, though, I’ve had to file 3 open records requests to get this information in a timely manner (two for the primary data and one so far for the General Election data). Each time I do the request I have to drive to the Elections Division and plunk down $15 for a disc. Surely just sticking it on the website would save everyone time. They already have that nifty domain mentioned above…just update the page guys! Put some real teeth behind the transparency in government initiative.
On and PS to South Fulton guy and anyone else who doesn’t know: My name is Chris Huttman.