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Local 802 Election FAQ
“This Year We Vote”

As part of the MFC “This Year We Vote” Pledge" we want to help all 802 members familiarize themselves with the election process at Local 802.  It has been nine years since 802’s last contested election, so we put together a quick refresher on how things work.  We hope to see you next Saturday, 9/29 at the MFC “Meet the Candidates Rally” 5pm at St. Malachy’s Church.  Click here to RSVP.

Local 802 Election Frequently Asked Questions:


When are 802 elections held?


Every three years, 802 holds elections. This year’s election will be held on December 4.


Where do I vote? 


In person voting will be held at Local 802’s Manhattan headquarters. Another polling station will be at the YMCA near Lincoln Center. More information will be available as we get closer to election day.


Can I vote by mail?


Yes. If you think you may not be able to get to the polling station on December 4, you can vote by mail. 

It can be done in three simple steps:

Step 1: Request your ballot. You can send your request by sending an email to Local 802 Executive Secretary Maureen Cupid at You only have until October 15 to make the request.

Step 2: When you receive your mail-in ballot, fill it out (legibly!) and vote for the candidates of your choice.

Step 3: Return your ballot by mail to the address indicated on the ballot you receive. Your ballot must be received by December 4.

Who is allowed to vote in the 802 elections on December 4th?


Any 802 members in good standing may vote. Members must have paid their third quarter dues on or before Monday, October 1. Also, members must have joined the union prior to June 30, 2018.


What is a nomination petition? Isn’t this a vote?

Candidates for office cannot be on the official ballot unless they are duly nominated. To be nominated, a candidate must obtain signatures from 100 members of 802. This must be done by October 15. If you have signed a nomination petition, this is not a vote! You still must vote for the candidate of your choice either by mail or in person.


If I sign a nomination petition for one candidate, may I still vote for another?


Yes. A signature on a nomination petition is not a vote for the candidate. It is merely an acknowledgment that you’d like a healthy, democratically elected union.


Why wasn’t there an election 3 years ago?

President Gagliardi and his team ran unopposed in the 2012 and 2015 election. Under 802 rules passed by the Gagliardi administration in 2012, if a candidate is unopposed, the election does not need to take place.


Why is there an election this year, after 9 years of no elections?


For the first time in 9 years, Gagliardi and his team will face a slate of opposition candidates. These candidates have formed a party, called Musicians for Change.

Two Important Dates Are Coming Up!

Two Important dates are approaching fast – and you won’t want to miss them if you want to participate in this year’s election. This will be the first contested election in 9 years – the first time the Gagliardi administration will have to face voters, and answer for their record!

If you want your voice to be heard in this election, please take note of these key dates:


Monday, October 1: if you want to vote, your third quarter dues must be received by 802 on or before Monday, October 1.


Monday, October 15: if you want to vote by mail, you need to request your mail-in ballot. You can send your request by email. But do not delay – you only have until October 15 to make the request.

A healthy union is a democratically elected union.

This year we vote! The status quo isn’t good enough.


Remember to RSVP for the MFC “Meet the Candidates” Rally

next Saturday 9/29, 5pm

at St.Malachy’s Church
239 West 49th Street
(between Broadway and 8th ave.)

I will attend the MFC Rally on 9/29!



Saturday, September 29
St. Malachy's Church
239 West 49th Street
(between Broadway and 8th ave.)
Use the Encore Community Center Entrance and Proceed Downstairs

  • Meet the candidates and hear about the change we hope to bring to Local 802.

  • Help us get on the ballot! Each candidate needs 100 signatures from current 802 members to run in the December 4th elections.

  • Participate in a town hall-style Q and A

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