LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) — Voting has begun among home-based child care providers about whether to join the Service Employees International Union.

The Providence Journal reports that more than 540 workers were mailed notices of eligibility to vote and balloting began Saturday.

Robyn Golden, administrator of the State Labor Relations Board, said after voting on Saturday was completed she heard of no problems or protests. She said a state trooper brings sealed and signed election boxes to state police headquarters in Scituate.

Michael Stenhouse, chief executive of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, said Saturday that the organization questions what he called the secrecy and transparency of voting.

Voting continues on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ballot counting is scheduled for Thursday.

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