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We wish to inform you of a change in the voting process for our upcoming MEF Chief Steward election. You should have recently received a letter at your mailing address on file, which notified you of the election for Chief Steward of MEF and introduced an online voting system called YOUnified. However, we have encountered several issues with the vendor, and so we had to make a last-minute change to stay within the rules of our election process outlined in the bylaws. We understand the frustration and confusion this may cause, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

To ensure the integrity and fairness of this election, we are making a necessary adjustment. The online voting, which was set to begin on Friday, is now being postponed and reformatted. In the coming days, you will receive another piece of mail at your home address, which will include a new notice of the election. Approximately 15 days after that, you will receive another piece of mail with a paper ballot for the Chief Steward election. We kindly ask you to use this paper ballot to cast your vote by mail. If you need to update your home address, you can email LaSonya Brown with AFSCME at and provide her with an updated mailing address to ensure you receive a ballot and future communications.

We understand that these changes might be less convenient than the online voting system, and we appreciate your flexibility as we strive to maintain a transparent and fair election process for both our members and the candidates. Your engagement in the election is essential, and we appreciate your understanding and patience.

Our commitment to serving you and making the best decisions for our union remains unwavering. Thank you for your ongoing support and participation. Your voice and your vote matter.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the election, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

In solidarity,

MEF Election Committee Cindy Harlin, Dan Gibson & Alyssa Stupi


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