4 thoughts on “20% Missing Ballots?

  1. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    Atlanta Metro Area Local 32
    Past or current office held, if any
    Workroom Floor Steward
    Brother Kubat,

    I have no idea what caused the missing ballots. I am just reporting that too many Atlanta Members are reporting they never received a ballot to be explained by simple things like the Member moving and failing to update their new address.

    Sister Albro-Mathieu,

    I have not followed up with our Members that said they were going to call the 800 number. But I do know of one Member who requested a replacement ballot with the online alternative to the 800 number this past Sunday night. AAA called this Member back the next morning and explained their Membership was effective in mid-July this year so they had missed the June cutoff date for Membership to qualify to vote. While that answer was disappointing, the explanation was appreciated.

    I don’t see any remedy for the issues with the missing ballots in this election, whatever the cause. It is what it is. The point is to make sure it does not happen again in the next and all future elections.

    On the other hand, there are other problems in this years election that should addressed such as an incumbent candidate using APWU funds to have their name printed on bottles of water they are giving away. It speaks to a total lack of integrity and a violation of trust when an incumbent candidate thinks it’s okay to use APWU funds to subsidize their own candidacy. If the candidate had purchased the custom labeled water bottles with their own personal money then that would be fine. I don’t think that was the case and the matter should be investigated and if true, charges should be brought to bear and prosecuted to the fullest extent.

    If we can’t trust our national officers to not cheat by abusing their office for personal gain and we fail to police such infractions of our trust, then we are ultimately doomed to as a Union to succumb to rampant insider corruption.

    Complaining about missing ballots and too short of a window of time to order replacement ballots by comparison, becomes a rather inconsequential issue.

  2. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    Providence RI Area Local 387
    Past or current office held, if any
    President

    It was revealed at our Membership Meeting on Sunday that several members who had not received their ballots and called the 800 number to have one mailed were told that it was past the deadline to request one, or for some, there was no answer on the other end of the line. I don’t remember seeing a deadline to request a ballot. Has anyone else experienced this?

  3. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    Lehigh Valley Area Local
    Past or current office held, if any
    President

    “Was this all by design or by incompetence?”

    Mike – are you suggesting the AAA or APWU systematically “lost” ballots for certain locals? Or, is it more likely that a sort error on the USPS side? One tray can hold up to 500+ ballots. If the tray got missent or mislabeled it could explain a delay. We’ve had requests for replacements, but not on the scale you describe.

  4. Union and NAME of Local/Branch
    Western Connecticut
    Past or current office held, if any
    APWABA National Director Emeritus

    Great job Mike Nodine

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