The latest on the Mike Signer saga:
Apparently one person got 4,000 of the 13,000 petitions Mike turned in. This individual did not fill out their home address on the forms for each petition. (This rule may sound dumb, but if you don't require an address on each form, it would be easy to fill in every petition as collected by some common name like "George Smith" and no one would ever be able to trace back errors to a collector if it were forged).
So by the rules, it sounds like Mike should be off the ballot.
However, the person who collected all 4,000 signatures is known enough that the reason for this rule probably doesn't really apply here.
But it is still a rule.
Now Dickie Cranwell has to decide by 5 p.m. tomorrow if rules matter. If this rule is ignored, what rules will be ignored in the future? On the other hand- it is a minor rule and should voters be denied the chance to vote for Mike because a petition didn't have the address of the collector on it?
While you ponder this it is worth remembering that Barack Obama won his first race for State Senate unopposed- after the incumbent State Senator was disqualified for problems with her petitions. Obviously these party decisions have consequences- and I hope the reasoning for either booting Signer off the ballot or ignoring the rule is done in a public format so people can decide for themselves whether or not the right thing was done.