Scalise: Taking Away Secret Ballot is Un-American

Mar 10, 2009

Washington, DC -- Congressman Steve Scalise made the following statement about the Employee Free Choice Act that was introduced today in both the House of Representatives and the Senate today:

“The right to a secret ballot election is one of the strengths of our great democracy. It is un-American to deny workers of their right to a secret ballot. The Employee Free Choice Act would take away an employee’s right to a secret ballot, thus subjecting our American workforce to intimidation and threats by union bosses. I will fight to ensure that all American workers continue to maintain their right to a secret ballot election.

“In 1995 Iraqis elected Saddam Hussein with 99.96 percent of the vote in an election that denied Iraqi citizens of a secret ballot. People were jailed for voting against Saddam in that election that did not allow secret ballots. Now they are developing a democracy that includes secret ballots as one of the foundations. You cannot have a strong and free democracy without the right to a secret ballot.”

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