The following is from HH Hobbs, the famous SBC pastor, author, and statesman.
“Back in 1961 when I was elected president of the convention, after nominations ceased each messenger tore off a piece of any available paper, wrote a name on it, and dropped it in a basket. If a non-messenger chose to do so, no one but himself and God would know it. “
The Herschel Hobbs Lectures are a series of lectures given at Oklahoma Baptist University on the topic of Baptist history and life. The lectureship is ongoing and this story and others can be found in Fibers of Our Faith.