Skip to comments.Missouri Moves to Make Secret Ballot Required by Law
Posted on 01/03/2009 6:11:17 AM PST by Mobile Vulgus
The misnamed Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) will take away the secret ballot for potential union members and force them to openly declare their preferences for or against a union, causing that worker to be easily open to intimidation by union thugs. This is a law currently in the table in Congress, one that Barack Obama has pledged to push through regardless of how it eliminates one of the oldest democratic rights there is.
But, now Missouri is trying to head off the possible federal enactment of "card check" (the provision that eliminates the secret ballot) by legislating that a secret ballot is protected by state law.
So, the question remains, can a state law supersede a federal law? After all, if Missouri passes their new Constitutional provision, it will come in direct conflict with the federal EFCA law if that bill gets passed in Washington.
Secret ballots would not only be guaranteed but required by Missouri law under a proposed constitutional amendment pitched yesterday.
State Sen. John Loudon, a Republican from Ballwin and co-chairman of the so-called Save Our Secret Ballot, or S.O.S., initiative in Missouri, filed for a citizen initiative petition that would put the amendment on the 2010 ballot.
Information of the S.O.S. initiative can be seen at the website: http://www.sosballot.org/.
The S.O.S. campaign maintains, in part, that:
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WE NEED THIS LAW IN EVERY STATE !!!!!!
Yes - there are many things states need to do to protect themselves from federal intrusion and mandates.
A great idea for economic development in Missouri.
at least Texas can still secede.... :)
I'm pretty sure that's the case, and it probably even has a name, but I'm no lawyer and I've never spent the night at a Holiday Inn Express. Although my favorite steak place is in the parking lot of one. Does that count?
bump for later
The first US President elected entirely with a secret ballot was Grover Cleveland, in 1892, and most states had only adopted a secret ballot less than a decade before. And though it had ancient roots, in America it was known as the “Australian ballot”.
How did that work out last time?