Even though state law now requires the mandatory counting of mail ballots received up to three days after election day — and requires city codes to be adjusted as such — ours is still balking.
The city council’s being asked to approve the big change tomorrow night, but with these exceptions:
(2) of course contradicts the new allowance. If it’s already arrived in the mail postmarked or not, and you have no reason to believe that it was postmarked after, why make its cutoff date on election day rather than three days later like the rest?
There’s no good reason for this limitation, just like there’s no good reason why someone else can no longer personally drop off grandma’s ballot if need be. So why does the city clerk want THIS bad change as well?
She clearly wants it lined out of the Code. And what’s the deal with omitting the “into the ballot box” drop-off requirement in that last line of the same old rule?
Where else now will it be going? Into someone’s hands?
The council needs to reject these two bad ideas tomorrow night. No justification for them.
The Clerk also wants to raise to $2,000 from $1,000 the lower limit for reporting individual contributions to council races per the new FPPC allowance. No way.
And btw, why is she getting involved in this kind of political decision? Making policy vis a vis campaign rules is NOT HER JOB. When did the council ever discuss this change? The FPPC now allows the raise, but this “charter” city can still do what it wants.
The Clerk also wants to change the threshold limit for campaign committees from $1,000 to $2,000, which is not an FPPC issue. Why?