Update: After inquiring, I’ve received an email from Julie Greene (Director of the Office of the Secretary). The email included two PDF files on who each member voted for in both rounds of the chair race. The remaining races should be available later in the week.
(Original article below)
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) winter meeting in Atlanta, Georgia witnessed a highly contentious election for DNC chair. After campaigning for Keith Ellison and losing, many progressives across the country have been very curious as to how their states’ DNC members voted.
According to DNC bylaws, “all meetings of the DNC, the Executive Committee, and all other official Party committees, commissions and bodies shall be open to the public, and votes shall not be taken by secret ballot.” Though this statement can be construed to mean multiple things, transparency itself is a very simple proposition.
Thus far, the DNC has yet to publicly post a roll call tally sheet detailing how each DNC member voted during the DNC winter meeting. Newly elected DNC Secretary Jason Rae released the following statement today in regards to officer election results:
In the interest of transparency, as well as in compliance with the DNC Rules regarding no secret ballots, we have consulted with the Chair and a tally sheet of how each member voted in contested elections will be made available to interested parties upon request. This sheet will list each member and how his or her votes were cast.
We realize that this may cause concern for some of you, but ultimately we felt it was important to make sure that we continue having the most open and transparent party election in party history.
For those interested in reviewing the actual ballots, they will be made available for review upon request to the Office of the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To review actual ballots, please see the process below:
1. DNC officer election ballots will be available for review beginning Monday, March 6th at 10:00am, at Democratic National Committee offices, 430 South Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003.
2. To schedule a viewing session, please contact Julie Greene, Director of the Secretary’s Office, at email@example.com. Appointments may be booked in one hour increments, and multiple sessions may be reserved, based on availability.
3. Appointments are available weekdays, 10:00am-5:00pm EST, until May 6, 2017 at which point they will be transferred to the National Archives.
We are committed to ensuring an open election process. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly to discuss.
I urge the DNC, if they want to earn back the trust of small donors (actual voters) across this great nation, to publicly release the roll call tally sheet instead of filtering requests through appointments in Washington, D.C. or email requests. The DNC has made claims of wanting to become more transparent with regard to its money, why not strive to be truly transparent with everything? After all, one of the main reasons for the bitter divide within the party that remains to this day is the appearance of the party establishment working together in the shadows against the grassroots.