Starting the morning of May 26, 2016, we will be live updating this article to keep everyone updated on what’s happening with the UFT election ballot count.
Solidarity observers will be reporting to The American Association of Arbitrators at 9AM and make every effort to update this blog as information comes in.
We will be in this conference room with windows facing the ballot counting room.
First they will be opening the initial envelopes, that have been scanned for eligibility, and then take out the secret ballot envelopes.
Then the secret ballots will be opened with the actuall ballots removed.
The ballots have to be torn out into individual pages and then scanned through a high speed scanning machine.
UPDATE 9:50 AM
Present here in they observation room are Norm Scott, Francesco Portelos, UFT Election Chair Amy Arundell, UFT attorney Adam Ross, UFT membership and election committee representatives Dave Hickey, Howard Solomon.
We walked through the ballot room. There are about 5 long tables with about 80 AAA employees. High speed cutting machines are opening every envelope. They are then handed to tables of about 80 AAA workers. They then open and separate the secret ballots from the return envelopes. The return envelopes with the names are stored elsewhere and will be for a year, just like every other document.
AAA rep came in to show us questionable envelopes. We basically all shed that if the name, number and barcode were not identifiable they were invalidated.
One was blacked out but still legible so we agreed to check it in the database.
If duplicate ballots were found the duplicate was counted.
UPDATE 11:50 AM
More members from the UFT leadership joined us. Every now and then a questionable ballot comes in. Thus far we have all agreed on whether or not to void it.
NOTE: Reception is really bad down in the basement.
UPDATE 12:45 AM
Lunch time will. Pizza ordered. Ballots, ballots, envelopes and ballots…everywhere. It’s going to be a looong day.
Numbers: There were 10,000 more voters than last election. A step in the right direction. 53,000 ballots were returned out of 189,000 that went out. 46% are retirees, which is a drop from 52%.
They are separating slate votes from non slate votes. I did see some large piles with no slate votes. Still unsure who was voted on the inside.
UPDATE: 2:27 PM
Looks like we will not be getting results today! If we do, it won’t be until midnight. This because there are a lot more booklets to open rather than one pagers.
Numbers of ballots returned by division:
Middle School 2,856
High School 4,747
UPDATE 7:20 PM
Not much going on except for more and more cutting booklets to separate pages and scanning.
This is our home for now. Paul Hogan made it out. Candidates Christopher Wierzbicki and Scott Krivitzky are here.
UPDATE: 9:15 PM
Still here, still scanning. They are going to call it a night at 10 pm. Will start again tomorrow at 8am.
FRIDAY MAY 27TH
UPDATE 9:31 PM
Back here. A lot less people here in observers and staff. There are preliminary numbers, but they are not sharing because they are very preliminary.
Still scanning and sorting. Expecting results by 2PM.
Results finally came in at just about 5PM
Our analysis will follow in another post. Thanks to all who took part in this amazing journey. The movement will continue to grow.