All authorization cards and petitions are individually date-stamped upon receipt by the Division. The petition is docketed and assigned a case number. The Office of the Executive Secretary examines the petition for apparent defects. If the petition is materially defective, a notice is sent to the petitioner. In those cases, a Division agent is not assigned and no further action is taken on the case until the defect has been corrected. Defects may include an inadequate showing of interest; an incorrectly worded showing of interest; lack of jurisdiction when apparent from the face of petition, or insufficient information on the petition.

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