Mike Matthews, one of two people remaining in the state education union president’s race, says some teachers were not able to vote in last month’s election, in which he and Karen Crouse deadlocked.
The Red Clay Consolidated School District teacher and others in the union claim that not all members received ballots either by regular mail or electronically.
“It’s clear there were some challenges with this election that prevented many of our supporters from casting a ballot,” he wrote on his Facebook page this week. “I’m guessing it would be fair to say these same issues plagued our opponents, as well.”
If all it true the results should be null and void
Matthews said the ballot issue contributed to poor turnout, in which about 2,200 members, or 20 percent of the union, voted.
Last week, the Delaware State Education Association said the turnout was about in line with recent elections. Matthews said turnout was higher than usual but should have been even higher if not for the ballot issue.
So 80% of the members pretty much said fuck it!Why?
DSEA officials have declined to say how many people voted and would not answer questions for this story, instead issuing a statement.
“We cannot comment any further given that the results remain preliminary at this time. If a complaint or challenge is brought to DSEA’s attention, such matters are handled in accordance with our internal election policy.”
And who is “we” ?
According to Matthews, not all union members are pleased with the idea of the tie being resolved without another vote.
“Many of you have responded incredulously to the potential ‘appearance’ of ballots postmarked before the end of day Jan. 23,” he said in his Facebook post. “… Here’s where I stand: With the concerns shared by voters regarding the inconsistencies in access to the ballot, I am taking the position that the only right thing to do at this point is to afford the voters of DSEA an opportunity for a runoff election.”
Wait a minute! There are concerns the first ballot process was fucked up and many members didn’t get their ballot or was lost in spam filters! The issues shouldn’t be a runoff! The issue should be a redo of the election.
Donato Rufo, who also ran for union president, said in an email he, too, heard complaints about the balloting process.
“Within a few hours of the opening of voting on Jan. 9, it was obvious there were issues,” he said, adding that ballots were supposed to be emailed to DSEA members. If they did not have a valid email on file, the ballot was to be mailed.
“Social media posts from candidates and members indicated that many people did not receive the initial email,” Rufo said. “By noon of the first day, DSEA had made statements … stating that staff should ‘check their spam and junk folders because your ballot may be there.'”
Rufo claims the problems didn’t end there.
“I received many emails, texts and phone calls from staff that had not received anything … even after checking their spam and junk folders,” he said. “… Many people told me they called DSEA. Some people said they were able to ‘fix’ email problems and eventually voted — some people called DSEA and were told they would receive a paper ballot … some did, and some told me that it never came.”
The fact DSEA elections aren’t known for high turnout doesn’t alleviate his concerns, Rufo said. He said the union, which held its last contested election six years ago, should have made efforts to increase participation.
“Quite frankly, this election was not well done,” he said. “There were too many issues and too little done to rectify them.”
Danny if the election was skewed by glitches all candidates were equally screwed ! Though there was a tie for president the fact remains all candidates were impacted and the election should be null and void! A redo election is in order! If there is just a runoff election for the president tie, those who didn’t vote can vote (except those members who complained they didn’t get a ballot during the election) I suggest all those who vote for Danny and the other person running for president NOT VOTE! To me those tied for one race calling for a runoff without consideration of others impacted are selfish and are crying foul to serve themselves! Otherwise the call for solidarity is shallow words!