The next election of any major consequence in Texas will be May 7 in San Antonio, where they'll be voting for a new Mayor and all members of the City Council. Those of you who live in the Alamo City should take a minute and check out SAElections.com, which is a new site devoted to the nuts and bolts of election information there. Note well this bit from their FAQ:
Why hasn’t the City of San Antonio made this information available in a more user friendly way on its own website thus eliminating the need for a site like www.SAElections.com?
This is perhaps the most pertinent question of all. Of course the answer is, “with what the City currently spends on MIS services, if they wanted to they could and indeed they should.” Virtually all the information on this site was researched, collated, organized into a usable format and turned into a website through the efforts of one person in less than three weeks time. This is neither intellectually nor economically rocket science. By way of a couple of constructive suggestions to the City, the forms for these Campaign Finance Reports could be made available and filled out online. Technology could be employed to ensure that all blanks on the forms are filled out completely before it would accept the filings. This would also eliminate the problem of handwritten forms. What is more, this would make it easier for those who were inclined to import this information into a database that could be easily queried to help trace the connections between particular contributors and specific campaigns, or determine when multiple donations have been made from a given household at one address.
Anyway. You San Antonians have until April 6 to register for this election, so check out SAElections.com and prepare to do your civic duty.Posted by Charles Kuffner on February 28, 2005 to Election 2005 | TrackBack