|Candidates and their ethically challenged handlers welcome. Public welcome with plenty of money and you get limited access to information you pay an arm and a leg for.|
I agree the mayor did the right thing but here is what we should really open up: Signatures.
I went down to the Elections Department a long time ago and checked the signatures from petitions disqualified for signatures, against the signatures on the elections computer. I was able to question many, many signatures they had disposed of. They didn't charge me to sit there 2 days on a computer in a room with two other workers. One worker, by the way, was working, the other was on the phone talking to friends ALL DAY. Today, you can't even look at YOUR OWN signature on file. And If I spent two days at elections today, it would cost me a few thousand dollars. That is wrong.
Elections: If you are going to be that careful to NOT let someone examine their own signature when you disqualify it, then beware that you give campaigns far too much information about absentee ballots. That is why we have bolleteras. If the campaigns didn't know who had an absentee ballot there would be no fraud. Be consistent. Secret is secret. Some secrets help, others do not. Certainly letting someone examine their OWN signature does not hurt. Print it out for them.