"Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around." - G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy.
Tradition doesn't always decide the election but it should always have a vote. God has gifted the church with apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers as equippers for the work of the ministry for over two millennium (Eph. 4). Many of the works of these men have been recorded and preserved so that we can still fellowship with them posthumously. It would be a supreme form of arrogance and stupidity if we overlooked this massive crowd to listen to the few living voices whose work have yet been proved.