"The quiet pruning of early voting
Hard to figure why Mayor Bill Knight would change the early voting protocols for city elections
without consulting the entire City Council
and without making the case for it in the open, before all of the voters.
The mayor instead conducted a straw poll among a few council members
(those with whom he typically agrees), then simply made the call on the elections.
To be clear, what the mayor did was perfectly legal.
...this doesn’t look good.
It especially doesn’t look good because Mayor Knight has a personal stake in this decision.
He plans to run for re-election.
So does each of the council members who voted with him on this issue in his informal straw poll
(Zack Matheny, Mary Rakestraw, Danny Thompson and Trudy Wade).
As was the case with public comment periods at council meetings,
Knight sometimes does not seem particularly enthused to hear what the public thinks,
much less his colleagues on the council."