Whereas some party elections in previous years were decided by standing vote in which delegates could be immediately identified visually, this modification allows some anonymity. While ballots will still bear voters' names at the 2011 convention, delegates can at least maintain some inconspicuousness at the time of their vote.
Rumors of intimidation and even vote buying by candidate Dick Harpootlian and his supporters are circulating within the community and reached a new height Tuesday, when some delegates state they received phone calls directly from the Harpootlian.
Surprised to receive his direct call due to their open and established endorsement of Phil Noble for the position, these delegates claim Harpootlian's manner turned "arrogant" after they expressed continued support for Harpootlian's opponent during their conversations.
And during a teleconference call conducted by Noble, online comments to the facebook page of the South Carolina Democratic Women were made by declared Harpootlian supporters and staff who sneakily participated in the call. Their evaluative opinions and comments of the teleconference were quickly challenged and corrected by other participants, however. Comments last came to a close by a unifying request from Susan Smith, delegate and state executive committee representative from Georgetown County.
Lee Walter Jenkins, third candidate for chair, will join Noble and Harpootlian Wed. Apr. 27 for a candidate forum at North Charleston City Hall (2500 City Hall Ln in N. Charleston). Beginning at 6 p.m., most candidates for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice Chair will also be present.