The most recent race for a seat on SAG-AFTRA’s nationwide board has been determined by the narrowest potential margin: In Colorado, Nancy Flanagan has defeated longtime incumbent Sheila Ivy Traister by a single vote, 71-70.
Traister has served on the nationwide board since 2012, and her defeat is a setback for the union’s ruling Unite for Energy celebration, which had backed her. Flanagan, an unbiased who didn’t have the official backing of both of the union’s factions – UFS or MembershipFirst – stated in her marketing campaign assertion that she “can be a recent voice” within the board room.
Solely 143 of the Colorado native’s 600 eligible members forged ballots, that means that 457 members didn’t vote.
That is the second narrowly determined nationwide board race this cycle that exhibits that each vote actually does rely. Final week, Henry Ian Cusick was elected to the SAG-AFTRA nationwide board representing Hawaii, defeating incumbent Scott Rogers by solely 5 votes, 142-138. Cusick was endorsed by Mathew Modine and his MembershipFirst slate, whereas Rogers was backed by Fran Drescher’s Unite for Energy. In that election, which had the very best turnout up to now (33.4%), 684 eligible members didn’t forged ballots.
Ten of the union’s 25 locals across the nation are nonetheless voting together with these in Los Angeles, the place 14 nationwide board seats are being contested, and New York, the place 9 nationwide board seats are up for grabs. The L.A. and New York races – and the election of nationwide president and secretary-treasurer – received’t be determined till September 2.