The Los Angeles local of SAG-AFTRA is not only the union’s largest, it’s also its most apathetic. In the recent elections held by the guild’s 25 regional locals, LA had the lowest voter turnout as a percentage of members eligible to vote. Of course, that’s not counting the 0% voter turnout at nine locals whose members didn’t cast a single ballot for their local leaders because they all were running unopposed. Two of those locals haven’t held a contested election since the union was formed in 2012 by the merger of SAG and AFTRA.
Of the 16 locals that did cast ballots in local races, LA ranked last with only 16.55% of the eligible members voting, followed by Nashville (16.68%) and Dallas-Fort Worth (18.16%). Of those 16 locals, seven saw turnouts of less than 20%. By comparison, 21.72% of the union’s total membership cast ballots in the national races for president and secretary-treasurer, won by Ken Howard and Jane Austin, respectively.
New England, at 28.86%, scored the highest turnout as a percentage of its membership, followed by New Orleans (27.68%), Seattle (27.34%) and Nevada (25.72%) – the only locals where more than one in four eligible members voted in local elections.
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By the numbers, this is how the locals voted — broken down by eligible members, number of ballots cast and turnout percentage:
San Francisco-Northern California
No numbers are available for the nine locals whose officers, board members and convention delegates were “elected without the necessity of a membership vote.” That’s Atlanta, Colorado, Michigan, New Mexico, Portland, Hawaii, the Missouri Valley, the Twin Cities and Arizona-Utah. Two of those locals – Michigan and Portland – haven’t held a contested election since the merger of SAG and AFTRA in 2012.
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