An Ugly Start to Electronic Voting

It was an ugly start for electronic voting on national contracts. For the first time in more than a decade, the Hoffa administration tried to deny members and vote count observers the right to see the ballot count results from each local union. But after a week of delays and inquiries by TDU attorney Barbara Harvey, the IBT relented, and turned over the ABF vote totals to TDU's designated observer John Palmer.

Within a day of turning over the local-by-local results, the Hoffa administration published them on the web, because they knew TDU would do so. 

TDU has posted a more user-friendly version of the ABF local union vote results for any member to review.  Check it out, and if you see any problem, let us know.

In 2005, TDU won a lawsuit to win the right to have contract vote observers, after we proved that a vote on a contract supplement was phony, and the IBT’s hired supervisor for the vote never even went to Washington to observe the count.  He just signed an affidavit which was prepared and faxed to him by Todd Thompson.

That same Todd Thompson, now Hoffa’s Executive Assistant, handled this year’s ABF vote count.

Although the local union results were known just minutes after the May 10 vote announcement, observers and TDU’s attorney were told for days they “may not be available yet.” Then came a week of delays and stonewalling.

It was not a good beginning for electronic voting, run by BallotPoint. BallotPoint’s policy, according to what they told TDU Organizer Ken Paff, is to always produce ballot counts broken down by local union. After that, BallotPoint told TDU, it was up to the Hoffa administration to decide what to do with the results.

The right to review a local-by-local count is a necessary part of observing an election; it’s just like a precinct vote break-down in a civil election. 

TDU fought to win this right and we will fight to maintain it.

Click here to review the ABF Contract Vote Local-by-Local Results


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  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2018-05-27 14:33:24 -0400
    “It was not a good beginning to electronic voting”…,

    Wait till Electronic balloting is used in General Officers Elections !!
    You know this is being rolled out to ensure a Hoffa loyalist is his successor !
    How else can this Cabal of overtly traitorous Officers continue !
    They are negotiating concessionary MULTI-TIER contracts!! ( in a THRIVING Blue Chip Company)!! A standard corporate DIVIDE & CONQUER TOOL that has a HUGE SUCCESS record .
    Everyone will be fighting each other for the ‘JUICE’ jobs.
    GRAFT to Bosses will become a economic survival fact of Life !
    VOTE these COMPROMISED Officers into the Trash Heap they have EARNED Residency in !!

    HOFFA a name to live in
    Labor INFAMY
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2018-05-20 12:54:19 -0400
    “It was up to the Hoffa administration to decide what to do with the results”..,
    Wait till Electronic Balloting is used in the General Officers Election!!
    HOFFA HAS to have a hand picked successor..otherwise a Forensic AUDIT will severly curtail his International GOLFING Venues..& he may have to spend some of that FAT Pension 💵💰on ATTORNEYS FEES a FIRST !!
    The Lawyers are really going to 💘 his Millions..💵💰💰💵💰💵💰💵💰💵💰💵💰💵💰💵💰💵
  • Teamsters for a Democratic Union
    published this page in News 2018-05-18 18:33:05 -0400

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