August 30, 2017
Dear Members of Local 2366,
As you may know, the 2017 election for Local 2366’s executive board began earlier this month, set to end on September 14, 2017.
A member raised a concern regarding the manner in which members were required to submit their ballots. Because our members live across a large area of Del Rio Sector and beyond, it can be difficult for members to vote; we do not have mailing addresses for many members and some are unable to visit a single polling station far from their home or station. To address these difficulties, the election committee allowed members to vote electronically, via mailed ballot, or via ballots distributed in mail drawers at stations. However, in order to ensure people did not vote twice, we required voters to include their names on the ballots. In our attempt to permit the greatest number of people to vote, we overlooked a rule within AFGE’s constitution which requires us to use secret ballots.
After consultation with AFGE, the election committee and AFGE have decided it is best to cancel the current election and run a new election, set to run in the near future on a date that is yet to be determined. Therefore, members are hereby notified that the current election is canceled. All ballots received – and those received by the election committee in the coming days – will remain unopened and will be secured and turned over to AFGE.
Since federal union elections can be rather complicated, AFGE will supervise the new election to ensure that all candidates’ concerns are addressed and to make sure we run an election which is above reproach.
We apologize for the inconvenience and will post information about the new election as soon as the election committee sorts out the details with AFGE.
Local 2366 Election Committee