March 18, 2022
To the Editor:
March 13 was the Ocean County Democratic Committee meeting and the yearly mini-convention to nominate county and congressional candidates to look on the social gathering “line” for the most important ballot in June. It was pretty an instance of the men and women demanding democracy.
The Democratic management despatched out detect of the conference and most committee associates been given this postcard fewer than a week just before the meeting. Also contained in this observe was an modification to be voted on at this conference. This amendment was to let vote by mail (VBM) to be utilized for the election of the Democratic leadership, at the moment led by 1 of New Jersey’s infamous “bosses.”
Following reading through the amendment, it seemed like déjà vu, likely again 12 decades when Wyatt Earp did the very same thing with extending the time period of County Committee customers and management from two to four yrs. He gave quick recognize about the conference, which include the reality that we would be voting on this modification at the meeting/mini-conference. It’s really sad that he did not learn from that past expertise exactly where he unsuccessful to give users more than enough time to have an understanding of and digest all the implications of pushing through such an crucial amendment.
The present-day VBM amendment has so many loopholes and hazardous precedents that using this voting method for a “party” election – staying controlled by the present management from the generation of the ballot to the counting and announcing the outcomes – opens up so a lot of options for fraud and deception. It is like placing the fox in the hen house.
I consider we must have 3 conferences on this proposed modification right before adopting it. The 1st assembly ought to be the presentation of the modification and the formation of a committee to produce the iron-clad processes and deliver out a draft doc to members. The 2nd meeting should be for the appointed committee to present its outcomes to the membership and get feed-back. The 3rd conference could be to vote on the modification. That’s what a responsible corporation would do.
The state of affairs mentioned earlier mentioned is not what happened this past Sunday. We ended up not keen to just vote for this modification with out adequate vetting. Several committee users had valid inquiries. As a final result, the chairman retained pushing back again on us till a motion was created to table the discussion for a potential day with stick to-up that contains air-limited treatments and controls prior to we would vote on such a important adjust in how we do enterprise.
Leadership ought to understand that gone are the times of backdoor promotions and ruling in excess of political fiefdoms in just our regional Democratic corporations. We must carry on to struggle for participatory democracy inside our County Committee. We are committed to winning this fight and our victory on Sunday is just a commence.
Marianne P. Clemente, president
Barnegat Democrat Club
County Committee member