So the Secretary of State called a last-minute Board of Elections meeting, which will be held at 4 today.
Board members were notified after 5 on Tuesday of the meeting. The agenda online, fails to tell the public where this public meeting is.
FYI: It’s a conference call.
Conference Password: 2373#
The agenda includes proposed changes to election laws. The legislature has been in session for two weeks now.
Secretary Jason Gant’s approach is a departure from former SOS Chris Nelson, who would present the bills to the Board of Elections in the fall to vet and get their approval.
While Gant originally promised to present the bills to board members at previous meetings, he changed his mind and, as a compromise, said on Nov. 29 he would email them.
Gant waited until after 5 on Tuesday to email all of the seven bills to board members.
(They did see one bill previously)
Then there are the minutes.
On Tuesday, I couldn’t find the Nov. 29 minutes online (where they are usually posted.)
So I called SOS to ask for a copy and staff member Andrew Pietrus said the minutes were not available.
“We don’t have them ready yet,” he said.
State law requires the minutes of a public meeting to be posted online within five days or available in the principal place of business within ten.
Tuesday Gant said the minutes were done and available in the office (he is not sure when), just not posted online. The SOS posted them online late Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Gant calls me to clarify and said the minutes have been available in the office since three days after the November meeting.
He said Pietrus meant that the final draft was not available, but the draft minutes had been completed. The difference between the two, according to Gant: the final version is cleaned up. “Making sure words were in the right order.”
When contacted on Wednesday to clarify his statement, Pietrus declined to comment saying he could no longer speak to the media.