Controversial secret ballot issue hits South Carolina

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August 31, 2010

COLUMBIA, South Carolina: South Carolina voters will decide on a controversial ballot issue come November 2, 2010: Secret union voting. The measure will ask voters to decide whether or not secret ballots are fundamental rights in determining if workers are represented by a specific labor organization.

According to reports, some lawmakers are stating that the measure is a counter to federal legislation that could possibly prohibit workers from union voting by secret ballot. The measure asks voters if "the fundamental right of an individual to vote by secret ballot is guaranteed for a designation, a selection or an authorization for employee representation by a labor organization.”[1][2][3]

The issue of secret ballot voting has been under controversy in the state of Arizona, as the state's Proposition 108, scheduled to appear on the Arizona general election ballot, was removed from the ballot, then placed again on the ballot after a special legislative session convened to discuss the proposal.

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