Scott Sayre talks about the ugly tactics being used in the 6th district of Virginia...
Sayre is running for the 6th district chairman to organize these county committees to be able to inform and turnout republicans and independents to vote and support conservative candidates. He believes. as many of us do, that the local committees must seek out and develop committee members to both support and hold responsible the people we elect to office. Each committee should develop their own database of voters in their area that they maintain and use to inform and develop both loyal and potential voters..
I attended the Rockingham County Republican mass meeting last week and saw the tactics being used to control meetings as well as to control the voters who attended the meeting. First of all a "Staffer" was quick to nominate the "Chosen" temporary chairman to run the meeting and once that person was elected temporary chairman, this same staffer continued to instruct the temporary chairman. Several times the staffer approached the temporary chair and whispered into his ear instead of making a "Point of order" or motion for all of those in attendance to hear and consider. All the time I watched members of the "Establishment Political Machine" in action working the crowd and at times even while the "opposing" candidate was talking at the podium to those in attendance.
But even more appalling was the way that people were required to cast their ballot. All of us wishing to vote had to be credentialed at which time we were given a blank "Neon Green" 3x5 index card and white\blue name tag. When it came time to cast our ballot we were instructed to the front of the room where we exchanged the neon green index card for a printed ballot with each candidate for committee chairperson name on it. There were no tables or secure\private area to complete your ballot but instead two people standing there with clipboards held flat to write on. While the voter marked their selection for their candidate there was the person holding the clipboard as well as other people standing there watching your actual vote selection. This was noted and discussed by many people who voted. (The above photo shows the actual process taking place. Note the female with white sweater marking her ballot on a clipboard held by another person).
Secret ballot as described in the meeting agenda and rules that were provided at the beginning of the meeting?....