Well, there was an AFTRA board meeting last night, 5/30/2007, and several things were revealed.
As of last night, two election challenges had been filed with AFTRA.
It was also revealed that there were some 26,000 ballots sent out to LA Members. Only 2078 of those were returned. That means only 8 percent of those ballots sent out were returned.
Why such a pathetic response from the AFTRA membership? No one can say for sure, but it is an indication of feelings of Apathy, Futility, Tedium, Resentment, Alienation, and other negatives!
Of those ballots returned, in regards to the AFTRA National Board election, there were 58 ballots uncounted because of over-votes or other reasons. (In light of the failure of the ballot to alert members that they could vote for no more than 13 National Board Candidates, I would imagine, this would be one of the reasons given by those two who, have thus far, challenged the election.)
A lot of unanswered questions regarding the delegates results remain, due to the fact that not only have the results been suppressed from the membership, but copies of the results were denied to AFTRA Board Members. (At least those members of the AFTRA Artist’s slate)
Those board members were ALLOWED to see the results but, but had to return the copies to AFTRA Staff after an allotted time. (And you thought AFTRA’s elected leadership was running the union?)
Another, anomaly has surfaced in the election. There was no candidate for Sportscaster, but there was a space for a write-in. And, a local sportscaster received 72 write-in votes. Now, Despite the fact that Department of Labor Election Guide states that “[1) If your union allows write-in votes, the ballot should so specify and have spaces for write-in candidates for each office. (2) If a union allows write-in votes, all such votes must be counted.”
So, why hasn’t this individual been proclaimed the winner in that category?
Just one of many unanswered questions in this election, including why hasn’t a list of delegate members been released? Is their a problem? And what might that be?
If nothing else, maybe election challenges will get AFTRA members some answers.
A.L. Miller SW Editor & Chief
The Ol’ Dog has learned that the top twenty delegate vote getters were pretty well divided between the two slates.