CAW Policy Letter #3: Absentee Balloting

January 23, 1987


CAW POLICY LETTER


LETTER NO. 3 January 23, 1987

Absentee Balloting

To All Local Unions:

Greetings:

The questions of Absentee Balloting has been raised by a number of Local Unions.

The National Executive Board at its meeting on December 2, 1986 dealt with this issue as per Article 36, Section 9B, which reads as follows:

"SUCH ELECTIONS SHALL BE HELD DURING SPECIFIED DATES AND HOURS AT A SPECIFIED POLLING PLACE OR POLLING PLACES WHERE EACH MEMBER SHALL PERSONALLY CAST HER/HIS VOTE. THE USE OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS IS NOT PERMITTED IN LOCAL UNION ELECTIONS, EXCEPT AS ALLOWED BY UNIFORM POLICY ESTABLISHED BY THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD."

The historical policy of our union has been to allow members who are away from their Local Union during the entire period of an election on Local Union business or on an assignment for their employer, to vote in elections held for executive officers or for convention delegates only.

The decision of the National Executive Board is to permit Absentee Voting for members who are away from their Local Union during the entire period of an election on Local Union business or an assignment for their employer, in ALL Local Union elections.

The procedure, which is currently spelled out in the Guide for Local Union Election Committees must continue to be followed.

Fraternally yours,
(signed)
ROBERT WHITE
President


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