One common error I've noted again and again is people blaming the credentials committee for election problems, which were in fact the responsibility of the ELECTIONS committee, which Ruth Griggs (Lucas Choice) was in charge of.
Fortunately, Greg at BVBL has come around to understanding this at long last, and has posted an e-mail from Michelle McQuigg which explains this in simple terms that all should understand:
There seems to be confusion about my role in the 51st District Convention.
Mike May and I co-chaired the Credentials Committee not the Elections Committee. We had nothing to do with the actual voting.
The Credentials Committee was the only committee that had co-chairmen as well as 2 people from each campaign—an even number of members. The details were immense. Everything was checked and rechecked. The committee met 27 hours in less than 2 weeks. Everything the committee did was in pairs—a representative from each campaign worked together on everything we did. When the copies of the forms were made, there was a representative from each campaign at each copier—the campaign representative for the forms being copied put them in the copier in case the machine jammed and destroyed the original. The list of delegates was reviewed and rechecked several times. The packets with name tags and lists were put together and reviewed by a team with a member from each campaign.
On the day of the convention, 20 check-in tables were set up with a member from each campaign at each station. Once check-in closed, each check-in team counted the number of people they signed in by precinct, filled out a report and both signed it. Then members of the committee—again one from each campaign—reviewed it and picked up the packets. The co-chairman separately totaled the numbers from each tally sheet.
My only involvement was with the Credentials Committee. The Elections Committee was in charge of the election and was chaired by Ruth Griggs (Lucas supporter) and had 2 members from each campaign. After voting was closed, Ruth requested Credentials to come in to meet with the Elections Committee to ask a few administrative questions. Once that was done, we were asked to leave. That was the only activity we (Credentials) had with elections.
Why didn’t I immediately comply with Julie’s request for copies of the check-in sheets made late Sunday after the convention? I didn’t know what the process was at that point and who was supposed to have the records and who and how the copies were to be made. There were no RPV guidelines and there were no agreed upon guidelines. The Credentials Committee operated in pairs—one person from each campaign. Until or unless both sides agreed with what to do with the information and the process to follow, then I needed a legal opinion from RPV as to what to do. RPV was slow…Finally, both sides agreed to give it to the convention chairman – not the 51st district chairman who had a business relationship with one campaign nor the 11th district chairman who had a business relationship with the other campaign. On the evening of agreement, I gave the records to the convention chairman, who made copies and gave them to each campaign.
While one or two commenters still don't seem to get it, Greg does, and hopefully the uninformed masses will again listen to Greg who this time is right, and there will be one less falsehood.
Note also the process for totalling people by precinct. Each checkin station had people from BOTH campaigns, who BOTH added up the totals and signed off. Then a PAIR of people from the credentials committee (NOT the chairs) reviewed the math and signed off. THEN the chairs simply added up all the numbers.
So the "math error", if it is true, was committed by a member of Lucas's campaign, and signed off by ANOTHER, trusted member of her campaign, from the credentials committee -- according to this e-mail. Which is fine, people make errors -- but I'm tired of the Lucas supporters blaming other people for their problems, when they had their OWN people involved at EVERY step of the process. THEIR person led the elections. THEIR volunteer allowed the wrong people to vote in Lake Ridge. THEIR volunteers made a "math error".
Unfortunately, there are still people blaming McQuigg personally for the actions of the credentials committee in following the RPV plan regarding participation in the convention. These complaints are also baseless. And in fact, if anybody from the Lucas campaign wanted to override the credentials committee, they only had to raise an objection at the convention, and get a majority vote.
But I've been told there was no challenge made at the convention, and the vote to accept the credentials committee report passed UNANIMOUSLY. That means that ALL of the delegates, including both Gill and Lucas delegates, agreed to ALL the delegates chosen by the credentials committee. So if you want to blame someone, blame the entire convention.
UPDATED: The Credentials Committee report was adopted unanimously by the committee.