The preliminary votes were held and union representatives say the early counts suggest an overwhelming majority of Fairpoint Communication workers support authorizing a strike.
Their contract expires Saturday, August 2nd. Workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont recently held meetings to vote whether or not to authorize a strike. Voting has finished in Maine and Vermont, but has been extended in New Hampshire due to storm damage.
The vote does not mean the 2,000 workers will go on strike but gives Union leaders the ability to call for one later.
The company says service to customers will continue if there is a strike.