|Marion County Republican|
Chairman Kyle Walker
At slating, PCs, and their immediate supervisors in the party organization, ward chairmen (WC) are eligible to vote. All WCs are appointed by the county chairman. With the 590 precincts and the approximate 90 WC slots, there are approximately 680 votes at a county-wide slating convention.
How many of those 680 votes at slating are appointees who are under the control of the county chairman? In 2008, the Republicans elected 168 PCs. Let's assume a 10% annual attrition rate on the elected PCs (probably a low rate) that means there are just 123 elected PCs left after three years into the cycle leaving 467 appointed PC slots. Add that to the 90 WCs and that means 557 of the 680 votes at slating at appointees of the county chairman. Translation: the county chairman controls 82% of the votes at a county-wide slating.
In determining whether slating is "rigged" too much attention is given to whether people are told at slating who to cast a vote for. That's not how these contests are rigged. They are rigged by a system that allow party bosses to appoint "mummy dummies" as PCs whose only job is to go to slating and vote the way party bosses want them to vote. The outcomes are decided before the slating convention. That's why 16 of 17 slating contests were uncontested this year.
To say the candidates, such as the judicial slate, were "endorsed" by the Republican Party is blatantly inaccurate. After all, the GOP is not is not just the party chairman and his appointees, but rather the collection of individuals who vote in the primary. But it is also wrong to say "party workers" endorsed the slated candidates. Slated candidates are endorsed by appointees of the county chairman, certainly not by party workers elected by their neighbors. An "endorsement" from a party boss is nothing to brag about.