Mke Byerly recently wrote a letter to the editor of the High Springs Herald claiming that the minutes of the canvassing board (for the recent Alachua city elections) had not been made available to the general public.
In his letter, Mr. Byerly says:
"The recorded minutes of the meeting at which the votes were counted have been approved, apparently unseen, by the Alachua City Commission, yet remarkably remain unavailable to the citizens of Alachua."
"Why all the secrecy?"
"Mayor Calderwood, please obey both the letter and the spirit of the law. Respect your own citizens, even the ones you don’t happen to like or agree with. Release the public records."
This is simply one more weak thread in the grand conspiracy theories being weaved together by those associated with the ALA.
Mr. Byerly seems unaware that the minutes to the canvassing board were made available on the City's website, at the public library and in commission packets distributed at Alachua City Hall several days prior to the meeting at which the minutes were approved. They were certainly available for anyone that went to city hall and asked, but instead of contacting Mayor Calderwood and asking if the minutes were available, Mr. Byerly simply attacked the Mayor.
Just in case Mr. Byerly still needs it, following is the link to canvassing board minutes for the Spring, 2006 elections in the City of Alachua.
Posted by SJ