“It’s not who gets the most votes. It’s who counts them that matters.” – Richard J. Daley
Actually I made that quote up.
But I’ve worked enough Chicago elections to know it is true.
So, when the IEA reported that I received just over 600 votes in a state-wide IEA Retired delegate election some of my readers wrote to me skeptically.
Was there fraud?
At first I laughed.
But the fact is that unlike every IEA local in the state, IEA Retired doesn’t run our own election. It is run entirely out of Springfield IEA headquarters.
President Klickna releases the results herself.
My ballot bio had to be screened by IEA lawyers, which never happened when I ran in my old union local.
Plus, only about 20% of IEA members are reported to have even cast a ballot, according to the IEA results that were released by IEA President Cinda Klickna. That’s 20% of the 9,000 IEA Retired members – which itself is only a tiny handful of actual retired former IEA members.
So, I guess my answer to the fraud question is: I don’t know.
But I know there is IEA leadership fraud. I’ve been documenting that for years.