August 08, 2005
Election Commission Website to Improve?
According to the Chattanoogan.com's report, during an exchange between voter representative Floyd Kirkpatrick and newly-sworn-in Administrator Bud Knowles, Mr. Knowles said that improvements are coming to the Election Commission's rather pitiable website. As my good friend would say, "whow."
In case you've missed all of my earlier rants, here's the short version of history:
Shortly after former Administrator Fran Dzik took over from her predecessor (the inimitable -- and that's both good and bad -- Carolyn Jackson), the Election Commission website went away. I went to check it, and it was just gone. When it finally, finally came back online, it was just one page, with minimal info on that page (because there were "some inaccurate data" included somewhere in the former site, I was told). Now there are a few links, including precinct addresses and an outdated election calendar, but, for example, look at the election results. Soddy-Daisy. Yes, those are important to Soddites and Daisians alike, but they replaced the April 12 Chattanooga runoff results, which in turn replaced the Chattanooga General results from the month prior. The point is, why can't one select from an archive of past results? Why are so many of the documents in PDF format, especially the sample ballots (which take a blue million years to download)? Can't they find someone who can code these things in HTML? I would offer my humble but reasonably adequate services, for just compensation by my fellow citizens..
I'll keep following the main point of the Chattanoogan article, and do a separate post on the Westside precinct as the story develops. I will also keep an eye on the Commission's website, to see if these promised improvements meet the citizens' needs. I'll be happy if they do; I'm not just looking to carp about something. If they do not, however, I'll keep on until at least the minimum requirements are met.
One last thing: I'll only count as "improvements" any additions that provide more/better service than the former site did. The rest is just called "putting back what they took away."
Elections | By joe lance | 01:50 PM