Amid the various Election 2010 returns, NAM’s Shopfloor.org reports on the passage of ballot initiatives in four states to require secret ballots in union representation elections:

In a multistate rebuke to organized labor, voters in four states are approving measures to reaffirm the sanctity of the secret ballot. No Employee Free Choice Act for us, they say.

South Carolina, AP, “SC voters OK right to secret ballot in union votes

South Dakota, Constitutional Amendment K: “An Amendment to Article VI of the South Dakota Constitution relating to the right of individuals to vote by secret ballot. Precincts: 578/791
Yes 78.46%
No 21.52%

In Utah, Constitutional Amendment A is leading in early balloting, 58-42 percent.

And in Arizona, Proposition 113 is winning 61-39 percent.

We reported on similar efforts here in early 2009, noting that federal preemption principles likely pose significant legal challenge to the enforcement of state provisions such as these.  Based on these election results, we may soon find out if that assessment is correct or not.

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