Madison Teacher Union Officials Seek to Overturn Secret Ballot

While Wisconsin’s Act 10 requires teachers to re-certify union representation annually, Madison Teachers Inc., wants to know who’s voted in the election so far and who has not.  Doug Erickson has the story in the Journal Times Online.

Madison Teachers Inc. (MTI) says it has the right, under the state’s public records law, to know which Madison School District employees have cast a ballot and which ones haven’t while the 20-day voting period is taking place.

In the past, the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC), the state agency that oversees union recertification elections, released that information only after the voting period ended. The commission told MTI it doesn’t get a list of who voted until after the election, and the law requires a secret ballot while it is underway.