This weekend, the Republican Party of Virginia State Central Committee voted on a few things including whether or not to file a legal brief that said “ignore our Party Plan,” and to hold a secret ballot to ultimately vote for a primary instead of a convention for next year’s Presidential nomination contest.
One big argument that came out was over the process, in particular, the use of secret balloting to make an important decision. Social media lit up with people calling for the heads of anyone who voted for a secret ballot… because thanks to the secret ballot they couldn’t call for the heads of the people who voted for a primary over a convention and purge accordingly. Some blogs went so far as to list the roll call and criticize the move, saying our representatives on State Central must be open and honest about their votes and be held accountable by those who put them there! Just like elected representatives in Richmond or Washington!
Side note: A few months back State Central used a secret ballot to kick out the 5th District Chair. No one complained then.
Problem with that is, a handful of people who voted were not actually elected to vote. They were there by proxy, selected by duly elected State Central members to represent them at a meeting that was quite important and known about well in advance.
These proxies? They are accountable to no one. They weren’t elected by anyone. Your congressman can’t vote with a proxy. Your delegate can’t vote with a proxy. You can’t vote with a proxy.
Some of the people driving the vote were there by proxy, for example: Russ Moulton and Waverly Woods, both great activists but not elected to State Central. And their votes aren’t counted as their votes on the public record, they’re recorded as the vote for who they were proxying. So not only are they not elected and held free from accountability, but they’re hidden from the record for any future reference.
Why are we ok with State Central allowing proxies for big decisions?
If we’re talking about transparency, if we’re talking about accountability, secret ballots aren’t the problem. Leaving the fate of the party to unelected individuals who’s names do not go on record is the problem