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AFTRA to re-run election

Errors in ballot processing the cause

The Los Angeles local of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists will re-run its election due to errors in the mailing and processing of ballots.

AFTRA Los Angeles made the announcement Sunday. The U.S. Dept. of Labor will oversee the election — to be held early next year — for nine actor representatives on the local board of directors and for 13 of the local’s reps to the AFTRA national board of directors.

Move comes after investigations by the local and the DOL resulting from a challenge by a candidate to last May’s election.

“While the allegations in the original challenge were not sustained by the U.S. Department of Labor, during the course of the investigation, it was determined that Pacific Election Services Inc., the outside vendor hired by the union to oversee the Los Angeles election, made several errors in the mailing and processing of ballots,” AFTRA said.  The union said the company will reimburse AFTRA for all costs incurred for the May 2007 election, and a new vendor will be engaged to provide election services.

“Assuring our members a fair and proper election is a top priority for AFTRA Los Angeles,” said William Thomas, AFTRA Los Angeles Local exec director. “When we learned of these errors by our outside vendor, we advised the Department of Labor the union would voluntarily rerun this election to guarantee the integrity of the election process.”

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