Local 47 General Election

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December 11, 2018

A General Election of all AFM Local 47 officers, elected delegates and alternates, and Hearing Board are held by secret ballot at the headquarters of the Local on the second Tuesday of December in each even numbered year. The next General Election takes place Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. Polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on election day.


Information for Candidates

Nominating petitions for the upcoming General Election are available from the Secretary/Treasurer’s office as of Wednesday, Aug. 1. All completed nominating petitions must be delivered to the Secretary’s Office, in exchange for a signed and dated receipt, no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 (per Article IX, Section 4 of the Local 47 Bylaws). Candidate photos and statements for publication in the Election Special Edition of Overture are due Tuesday, Sept. 25.

The Local 47 Election Board reminds potential candidates to review Article IX of the Bylaws by logging into your member account here, using the blue menu to select “Members-Only Scales & Documents” and going to “Local 47 Bylaws” in the rightmost column. Members may also request a printed copy from the Secretary’s Office.


Eligibility for Office

To hold or to be nominated for any office a member must have been in continuous good standing throughout the immediately preceding year. No member shall hold, nor accept nomination for, more than one office, although s/he may additionally hold the position of, and accept nomination for, Delegate or Alternate Delegate. However, members nominated for the offices of President, Vice-President, or Secretary/Treasurer shall not be eligible to accept separate nomination for Delegate or Alternate Delegate. Further, candidates for President, Vice President, or Secretary/Treasurer, because those officers are automatically delegates, shall not appear separately on the ballot as Delegate.

Regular Nominations

Nominations for office and/or for delegate positions shall be effected by written petition in a form established by the Election Board, signed by not less than 50 members in good standing naming the candidate(s) and the office(s) and/or position(s) sought. The Secretary/Treasurer shall make nominating petitions available commencing August 1 in any election year. Such petitions shall show each member’s name printed adjacent to his/her signature, and shall be delivered to the Secretary, in exchange for a signed and dated receipt, not later than Sept. 14, 2018.

Revocation of Nomination

Revocation of Nomination: A candidate failing to revoke his/her nomination in writing—not later than five business days after the filing of a nomination petition—shall be deemed to have accepted his/her nomination.


Candidate Photos & Statements for Election Special Edition of Overture

Each candidate shall be entitled to submit one photo and a campaign statement, for each position for which the candidate has been nominated, of not more than 100 words for publication in the Special Election Edition Overture at no charge to the candidate. Such photo and statement shall be submitted to the Secretary/Treasurer’s office digitally or in hard copy form no later than September 25. Any photo or statement which does not conform to these requirements or which is not in the Secretary’s office by the required date shall not by printed in Overture, nor shall any photos of candidates, by-lined columns or articles by candidates, or any other non-official material supporting or opposing a candidate be printed in the Special Election Edition or December issues of Overture during an election year.


Other Rights of Candidates

Candidates, upon their reasonable request and at their expense, shall also have the right to obtain through the Secretary’s office mailing lists and/or labels of all Local members to be used exclusively for campaign purposes.

Notice of Prohibited Campaigning

The use of Local 47 facilities, equipment or property (including stationery, telephones, stamps and stamp machines, computers, copying machines, and any other equipment or materials) by any candidate or member, for the purpose of campaigning for or against any candidate for office in the Local 47 election, is prohibited by the Local’s Bylaws and is also a violation of Federal Law. Additionally, members are barred by Article IX, Section 13 of the Local 47 Bylaws from collecting nominating petition signatures while on Local 47’s premises.


Questions About the Election?

Please be aware that only members of the Election Board — no Local 47 officers or staff members — are authorized to answer any questions concerning the election. Should you have any questions, please contact one of the Election Board officers:

Mark Zimoski (Chair) - (818) 997-7225, email
Mike Deutsch
Stephen Green
Scott Higgins
Kris Mettala
Paul Sternhagen
Nick Stone

Request a Vote By Mail Absentee Ballot

Your VOTE BY MAIL ABSENTEE BALLOT request will only be honored by completing and sending a request form to the California Elections Company. DO NOT MAIL IT TO LOCAL 47. Download and print out the pdf here.

Please be sure to allow ample time to send in your request, receive your absentee ballot by mail, and send it off to arrive at the Burbank P.O. box no later than Dec.11, at 9 a.m. when all absentee ballots will be collected by the Election Board.

Policy Governing Eligibility to Vote in the Dec. 11, 2018 Local 47 General Election

1. All Local 47 members who are in good standing as of 4 p.m. (close of business) on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 — the last business day prior to the 2018 General Election — are eligible to cast a ballot.

2. Any Local 47 member who has been suspended or expelled for the non-payment of dues or wishing to reinstate within one year of resignation shall have until 4 p.m. (close of business) on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 by which to clear his/her delinquency and return to full good-standing status in order to be eligible to cast a ballot.

3. New members or those rejoining after resignation must complete and submit a membership application no later than Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, so that their membership can be approved at the next Local 47 Executive Board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. All applicable fees apply. Note: the Local reserves the right to refer applications of all persons seeking reinstatement from resignation to the International Executive Board per Article 9, Section 19 of the Federation's Bylaws.

4. Life Members who hold Inactive status do not have the right to vote in any Local 47 election. Active Life Members may vote. Inactive Life Members wishing to be restored to full Life Member status may do so by submitting payment of the difference between full Life Membership Periodic Dues and Inactive Life Membership Periodic Dues for the year. For those who wish to cast their vote in the 2018 General Election, the difference owed would be $20 and must be paid by 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018.

General Election Electronic Communications Policy

Following the intent of Article IX, Section 12, of the AFM Local 47 Bylaws, it shall be a matter of policy that the rules and restrictions as outlined in said Bylaw shall also apply to all electronic communications published by Local 47, including the digital issues of Overture Online, the Local 47 website (afm47.org), the Local 47 email newsletter “The Local 47 Beat” and any special notices sent by Local 47 via email blast, and all associated social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.).