- In the summer before an election, the AFT-Maryland and the AFL-CIO, based on input from its membership, composes a candidate questionnaire to be distributed to candidates for each elected office. Beginning in the fall of the year before the election, through February and March, the AFL-CIO reviews these questionnaires and schedules candidate interviews.
- At the conclusion of these interviews, the AFL-CIO delegate assembly votes on an endorsement. In order to win an endorsement at the AFL-CIO, candidates need to secure 2/3rds of the AFL-CIO delegation vote. Candidates need not interview at the AFL-CIO for an endorsement, but they must submit a written response to the questionnaire in order to be considered.
- On any given race, the AFL-CIO can declare an endorsement, declare "no recommendation" (i.e. no preferred candidate, or no candidate reaching the 2/3rds threshold), or declare "no endorsement" (i.e. none of the candidates should be supported).
- In the races where the AFL-CIO declares "no recommendation," each AFL-CIO union can decide on the candidate of their choice. In these instances, the process described above (2/3rds of a vote at the AFT-Maryland executive board, issuing an endorsement, a "no recommendation," or a "no endorsement") repeats itself down to the local union level.
- Approximately 6-8 weeks before the primaries, the AFT-Maryland sends a list of endorsed candidates to its membership and begins Get Out the Vote efforts.
- The process repeats itself for the general election. Endorsed candidates who win their primary election are automatically endorsed for the general election.
For questions about The AFT-Maryland Endorsement Process, contact AFT-Maryland Political Coordinator, Todd Reynolds, at 443-320-4719 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.