Gianulis does 180, blesses process and split votes, others weigh in.
When this process began, Rock Island County Democratic Chairman John Gianulis and likeminded partisans were vehemently asserting that committeemen which he and other county chairs appointed after the primary must be allowed to vote in selecting a replacement for Lane Evans on the general election ballot.
There were dire warnings of court battles and many rather hyper-ventilating and bizarre comments here and elsewhere arguing for that plan of action.
They even went as far as to invoke founding fathers and other blather in suggesting that if only duly elected committeemen were give the vote, somehow this would "disenfranchise" those in vacant precincts.
17th District Democratic Central Committee chair Don Johnston has since determined that only those committeemen elected in the primary vote, and that they can split their allotted votes in any way they choose as well, leading to a very open and transparent process.
Things change, apparently.
In a May 18 letter to the 396 precinct committeemen who will elect a Democratic nominee to replace Rep. Evans for the November ballot, Mr. Gianulis reminded committeemen they are free to split their vote, but also re-affirmed his endorsement of Phil Hare, Rep. Evans' district director.The article by Kurt Allemeier goes on to say that Gianulis, despite his mention of splitting votes, says he expects 90% of committeemen to not split their vote and give all of them to one candidate.
"I want to make sure we Democrats support a transparent and open process," Mr. Gianulis wrote. "Therefore, I encourage each committeeperson to fully support one candidate or split their vote among the quality Democratic candidates that have been nominated as they see fit."
Mike Boland disagrees, saying he thinks there will be a fair amount of vote splitting.
Evans has also been making calls to urge support for Hare.
Sen. Jacobs even managed to get into the story by saying Evan's sounded "...better that he has in a long time." when Jacobs spoke to him.
Schweibert was happy to hear Gianulis' call for transparency and feels Gianulis' statement reflects that he recognizes that, "there are other quality candidates out there."
Mr. Gianulis said he wanted to remind committeemen of the process and make sure their ballots are returned in time to be counted June 6.Another story mentions the crucialy important warning to committeemen to check the math if they split their votes.
"It is the future of our party," Mr. Gianulis said. "It is the crucial thing for the Democratic party in Rock Island County.
"We've gotten stronger, and the Republicans haven't gotten stronger," he said. "We've got to keep working harder."
If, for instance, a committeeman has 100 votes to cast and he votes 51 for one candidate and 50 for another, it will be an overvote of 101 total and the entire ballot will be thrown out.
Committeemen must be sure that the total of all the votes cast doesn't exceed the total they're entitled to.
If they vote less than their total allotment of votes, it will still be counted however.