Determining the results of the UAW's presidential runoff election will take at least a week longer than originally anticipated, according to the federally appointed monitor overseeing the process.
Ballot counting in the tight race has been halted since Saturday as the monitor's office works to resolve more than 1,600 challenged ballots. The monitor previously planned to resume the vote count Thursday but said this week it has delayed that re-start until March 16.
"Given the time-consuming nature of collecting information to resolve questions as to the eligibility status of the individuals who voted the challenged ballots, the monitor has determined that the vote count will not reconvene on March 9, 2023, as originally contemplated," the monitor's office said in a statement. "Instead, the monitor, UAW, and election vendor will continue the information gathering process until a sufficient number of challenged ballots have been resolved. In light of the remaining work, we now expect to reconvene the vote count with observers present on Thursday, March 16, 2023, at a place to be determined in the Detroit metropolitan area."
The count had previously taken place in Dayton, Ohio.
UAW President Ray Curry currently trails challenger Shawn Fain by 645 votes, according to the monitor's unofficial tally.