Depends on Who’s Doing the Intimidation

By April 5, 2008Labor Unions

Seth Borden picks up on a not-so-subtle inconsistency about the willingness of some to sacrifice the important principle of the secret ballot to achieve one’s political aims.

One of Senator Clinton’s (D-NY) supporters may have erred today then, by simply speaking the common-sense truth. In a Newsday op-ed piece, Jay S. Jacobs, the Nassau County (N.Y.) Democratic chairman, explained why he thinks Senator Clinton should stay in the race for the party nomination. Mr. Jacobs opines that Senator Barack Obama’s (D-IL) lead is based significantly on the “seriously” flawed caucus mechanisms used in several states — and that the truer “representation of voters’ interests” is disclosed by the primaries’ secret-ballot process. Per Mr. Jacobs, a pledged Clinton superdelegate:

Caucuses, which are usually held in the evenings, are often complicated and require voters to be present for several hours, exclude many voters – like those who work at night or don’t have child care options or are serving abroad in the military. What’s more, caucus-goers are often required to make their choices known publicly, a practice that contradicts the American concept of the secret ballot.

Caucus-goers who are more than willing to abandon the secret-ballot when it comes to endorsing the Employee Free Choice Act, because doing so strengthens their allies in organized labor. More from Jacobs:

I was an observer at one of the Texas caucuses, or “precinct conventions.” While mine was relatively well-organized, many others were not. Reports of verbal and physical fights were rampant. Complaints of a lack of checks on participant qualifications were widespread.

Coming soon to a workplace near you, IF the Employee Free Choice Act passes.

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