Constitutional Election for MSCF State Vice President Shifts to Electronic Voting!

 

You read right! With the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing, campus locations at limited capacity for on-campus presence, some classes moved to online delivery, and many chapter elections delayed last spring due to stay-at-home orders, the 2020-21 Elections Committee took on the challenge of finding a new option for voting in future MSCF elections that could replace paper ballots that relied on campus presence for voting. This challenge was significant because our Constitution and Bylaws as well as the Office of Labor-Management Standards are specific on the requirements for coordinating, voting, and maintaining the records of all union elections. The Elections Committee members (Carl, Mindy, and Mary) along with Janel worked steadily over the summer and fall to bring members a new platform for casting your vote in the upcoming Constitutional election for MSCF Vice-President. Ultimately ElectionBuddy was the platform recommended by the committee and accepted by the Board of Directors. This platform was approved by our legal counsel and was tested in a recent

 

Board of Directors vote. ElectionBuddy appears to offer a smooth, easy, effective, and economical process. Best of all ElectionBuddy is not limited to state-wide elections. It can be used for chapter officer voting, voting for multiple candidates, or voting on approval/ disapproval type items such as amendments or resolutions. Here are the important highlights to know as you cast your vote electronically this spring:

Your home email address (NOT work- related) needs to be on file with the state MSCF office as this is how you will receive your individualized permission/access to the ballot. If you are unsure if your home email address is on file, please provide it to both your local chapter officers as well the state office by emailing mscf@edmn.org.

Watch for your individualized voting access code and instructions to arrive to your home email inbox the end of February. Please make sure to check your spam/junk folder and contact mscfevents@edmn.org if you have not received a link.

 

  • Cast your secret ballot during the time of election availability, March 1-5, 2021.

  • Encourage your member colleagues to vote because you had so much fun!

  • More information is available at www. electionbuddy.com to provide you with information about using the ElectionBuddy process for casting your ballot. (You may also click on the “How it works” tab to read or watch a video.)

  • Limited cell access or internet coverage? Not sure about electronic voting? No home email account? Don’t worry, alternate paper ballots will be available to be mailed to your home per member request to the state office. (See alternate paper ballot request document at your place of employment, from your local chapter officers or via link on the MSCF website.)

  • Happy Voting!

We look forward to hearing feedback from members about their voting experience in March of 2021.

MSCF Vice President Candidates

*Candidates are listed in alphabetical order

David Christian

I have been a member of MSCF since August of 2001, served as my chapter vice president for close to a decade, and have been on the Board of Directors. While on the Board, I chaired the election committee. I believe the strength of MSCF comes from the community that builds it. To build that strength, we need leadership that listens to and advocates for the members, as well as being capable of making tough decisions. Currently, I feel our outstate members don’t have enough of a voice in leading MSCF towards the future. Let me be your voice.

Carolyn Cook

As a long-time member, current grievance representative, and former negotiations team member, I ask for your vote for MSCF Vice President.

Our faculty are amazing, hardworking, and diverse with many interests and varying work conditions. Whether in Greater Minnesota or the metro, in tech or liberal arts, we have many shared and specialized concerns. We must strive to alleviate them with state level actions informed by all membership.
Leaders cannot substitute rhetoric for action. I will work with existing leadership to aggressively enforce our contract, prevent erosion of faculty rights, and seek improvements to working conditions, compensation, and higher education.

Matt Dempsey

First a thank you! In my year as MSCF VP, I have been amazed at the work you have done to get through 2020. However, many challenges remain. We address those challenges first by defending our contract. Second we promote the work we do in classrooms, labs, libraries and counseling offices, both virtual and in person. Third, by strengthening our organization through shared ideals and effective leadership. Our dedication to teaching and learning, diversity, and strong campus chapters are key to meeting these challenges. I would like to continue my work on your behalf and would appreciate your vote.

Election timeline

January 7, 2021

  • Start of coordination of home email member list for electronic ballot email containing individual member voter code.

  • Notice for requesting question submissions by chapter and/or individual members for candidate forum distributed to each chapter and posted to MSCF website.

  • Alternate paper ballot requests via email to MSCF office open.

  • Members may vote only once in the election, either electronically or by alternate paper ballot.

January 29, 2021

  • Verification of home email address list from MSCF state office with revision where indicated.

February 19, 2021

  • Candidate Forum with recording posted to MSCF website following forum.

February 19, 2021

  • Alternate paper ballot requests due via email to MSCF office by 11:59 PM Central Time.

February 22, 2021

  • Alternate paper ballot(s) mailed to requesting member(s) along with instructions for returning a valid ballot to be counted in the election.

February 26, 2021

  • Election instructions for electronic voting distributed to chapter presidents. Official balloting email with instructions for electronic voting and individual voting code sent to each member eligible to vote electronically.

March 1-5, 2021

  • Secret electronic balloting available. Electronic ballots must be cast by 11:59 PM Central Time. The completed secret alternate paper ballot(s) must have the voting members signature on the inner envelope and be postmarked by March 5 to be counted in the election results.

March 15, 2021

  • Election Committee meets to review results of secret electronic ballots cast, verify alternate ballot(s) received meet the requirements for validity, count valid secret alternate ballots cast, tabulate and verify all valid votes received and prepare the voting results report for Board of Directors’ meeting.

TBD

  • Election Committee calls a special board meeting and presents voting results to Board of Directors.

TBD

  • Board of Directors certifies the election or rules on any allegations of “election irregularities” and initiates correction if needed (run-off election, etc.).

TBD

  • Election Committee/Board of Directors notifies chapters of “OFFICIAL” election results.

Procedure for requesting alternate paper ballots:

1.  Any MSCF member in good standing, who is unable to cast their ballot through the secure electronic voting platform during the election window (for reasons that include, but are not limited to, lack of computer or internet access during the election window or no or lack of personal email account access during the election window) is eligible to cast an alternate paper ballot in the MSCF Constitutional Officer Election.

2.  The eligible MSCF member may request an alternate paper ballot from the MSCF state office in ST. Paul, via email to Renate Behrendt at renate.behrendt@edmn.org.  A current home email address must be provided at the time of the request.

3.  Members may request the alternate paper ballot no earlier than January 7 and no later than February 19, 2021 at 11:59 PM Central Time.

4.  The MSCF state office will send the alternate paper ballot, instructions, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the eligible MSCF member at the address provided at the time the request is made. A verification list will be sent to the Elections Committee notifying who received alternate paper ballots.

 

5.  It is the voter’s responsibility to ensure the ballot is postmarked by

March 5, 2021.

6.  Persons requesting an alternate paper ballot will not be allowed to vote electronically.