Of course, all you LRC political theorists will know the mid 1800s debates about this (cf. John Stuart Mill), and there's traction for both arguments, but here it seems Coe & co. have particular influence against those who don't vote "correctly" as it were.
Jamaican officials have defended their decision to vote to lift sanctions imposed on Russia by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for doping and claimed more countries would have supported them if the ballot had been secret.
"You look at the number of Russian athletes that are competing; albeit they are not competing under Russia, and there is a significant body of opinion that the athletes should be able to compete for their country," he told the Jamaican Gleaner.
"So you tell me why they could not let back Russia in and let their athletes be subjected to the same strictures in order to compete; that they would have to certify them clean before they can compete? "They [Russia] have gone a significant way down the road on all the criteria targets.
Besides the countries who publicly supported Russia, another eight effectively abstained by not registering to vote.
Under Coe, new procedures have been introduced which means the vote of each country is displayed on a giant board. it is clearly something that Blake opposes.
"This open voting; a lot of persons could not vote with their conscience because of open voting," he told the Jamaican Gleaner. "Congress has never voted on the issue of whether or not ballots should be open votes or not.
"That was one of the issues that was before Congress...and it was taken off the ballot paper to be determined at a future date."