SAG-AFTRA Election Turnout Lagging vs. 2011, 2010 (Analysis)

3:06 PM PST 08/03/2013 by Jonathan Handel

Turnout in the regions outside Los Angeles and New York is several points lower than in the recent past.

The SAG-AFTRA elections are still in progress, but the ballot return deadlines for some locals are earlier than others, and some have already passed. Earlier this week, the union announced results for 10 of its small and medium sized locals. The results are available here.

An analysis by The Hollywood Reporter suggests that turnout this year will be on the low side. With about 1/3 of regional ballots accounted for so far, the return rate -- the percentage of ballots that were voted and returned -- is about 22 percent. In contrast, the regional turnout in the last SAG election, in 2011, was about 27 percent. In the 2010 election, it was about 24.5 percent. Historical AFTRA figures were not immediately available.

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The locals tallied so far represent about a third of the ballots sent out to small and medium locals: About 38,000 ballots were sent out to members in such locals, according to figures the union supplied to THR. The number of ballots sent out to locals that have reported results so far is 11,517, or about 30 percent.

Ballot deadlines have not yet passed for the union’s two largest locals, Los Angeles and New York. However, 2010 and 2011 turnout in those locals (or divisions, as they were then known) was a few percentage points lower than in the regional locals.

The deadline has not yet passed for voting on the two national offices, president and secretary-treasurer. That deadline, and the Los Angeles and New York deadlines, are the same: August 15.

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