High schools dumped, "flipped" to give Stewart faction required margins in November 20 CTU voting

Once the school-by-school results of the November 20, 2009, Chicago Teachers Union referenda were published at the union's official Web site on November 30, 2009, a growing number of high school teachers and delegates began to complain that their schools had been dumped from the final count, that their reported vote totals were inaccurate, or that their votes were "flipped" (meaning that schools with large margin "No" votes were simply written down as going the other way by members of the union's Rules-Elections Committee, which was dominated by members of Stewart's own United Progressive Caucus). Other long-time methods of cheating are still a possibility, but the most common ones became clear as soon as schools could see their own alleged vote counts from the all-important November 20 voting.


December 1, 2009 at 4:28 PM

By: Danny

Q3 vote gap

According to the numbers on the CTU web site, there were 4 more votes on Question 2 (Q2) than there were on Q1; but there were 473 more votes on Q2 than there were on Q3.

This gap of 473 is equal to 3% of ballots cast. It also would change the outcome of the referendum on Question 3.

Granted, not everyone votes all questions of the referenda. At Taft, 121 persons cast ballots (about 2/3 of those eligible), but one ballot was marked for only the first question. Thus, the totals for Q2 and Q3 are just 120.

I suppose this could happen at other schools, too. But it certainly looks suspicious to me that there is such a small gap between Q1 and Q2, and such a large gap between those two and Q3.

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