They want the list of names so that they can bully folks into voting because a non-vote is the same as a “no” vote.
The union representing Madison teachers has sued the state over access to voter information in the annual elections that certify labor organizations.
Madison Teachers Inc. says it has the right, under the state’s public records law, to know which Madison School District employees have cast a ballot and which ones haven’t while the 20 days of voting is taking place.
In the past, the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC), the state agency that oversees union recertification elections, has released that information only after the voting period ends.
MTI sued the commission and its chairman, James Scott, in Dane County Circuit Court Monday, saying the information is critical to the union’s get-out-the-vote efforts and does little good after the fact.
“We can be much more effective and contact a lot more people if we’re not also calling people who already have voted,” John Matthews, MTI executive director, said in an interview.