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Virginia GOP lawmakers consider secret ballot measure

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January 12, 2011

By Kyle Maichle

RICHMOND, Virginia: Republican members of the Virginia General Assembly are considering a ballot measure to protect secret ballot voting for union authorization elections.[1]

The measure is part of the Republicans 2011 Legislative agenda to make Virginia's government smaller and to grow their economy. A constitutional amendment would be introduced as part of the process.[1] Under state law, the General Assembly must approve the amendment for two consecutive sessions in both houses in order to qualify it on the ballot.

In 2010, Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah approved measures protecting the right to a secret ballot by wide margins. Nevada is the only state that is currently considering a secret ballot referendum for 2012.

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