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    Our property manager controls the HOA board nominations committee

    Is it in the best interests of a community to let our property management company handle our Nominations Committee? It is my belief that this a bad decision on the part of our board. Two years prior to this decision we were a community run organization. We now have a group of relatively new homeowners who were elected to the board that decided for the community that we needed a property management company. As homeowners we were never given an opportunity to weigh in on that decision. Since being hired by the board the property management company has aggressively been taking over responsibilities that were previously handled by community members. A property management company has no stake in the community.
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    Did we run our condo board election correctly?

    Our condo in Maryland last week held its 2017 annual election. There were four candidates and two director positions to be filled.

    One candidate received more votes than any of the other four candidates.

    Two other candidates received the next highest numbers of votes and they tied for votes. The third candidate received very few votes and would not have been elected because his election message was increases in monthly assessment were needed to replenish the Condo's Replacement Reserves that had been used to pay for operating expenses, so that those Reserves were owed - according to the last audit - tens of thousands of dollars.

    The Condo's Property Manager said another election must be held immediately to break the tie vote but that election would be between just three of the candidates out of the four. And the candidate who received the fewest number of votes was excluded from the second vote.

    The second vote was carried out and this time there wasn't a tie between the two candidates who were previously tied. Not incidentally, the two candidates who were elected were the Condo's President and Treasurer who were up for re-election.

    Nothing is said in our Condo's Bylaws or in the Maryland Condominium Act - and as far as I can make out in Robert's Rules - about this situation of a tie vote occurring. And questions are: 1. "Was this election legal?" 2. "Should the second vote have occurred at a future date instead of immediately after the first vote?" And 3. "Is their any basis for another vote or is it too late as the meeting occurred four days ago?"

    A quorum was present throughout the meeting and at least two proxies were present at the meeting. It was not clear to me afterwards that the proxies could be used for voting for directors. I objected to the procedure carried out by our Property Manager because I had never heard of such a procedure.
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    Is there one election for condo board?

    Do most Condo Associations have direct election of the Master board and not indirect election by Boards of sub units within Association?
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    Can we use a proxy vote for Florida HOA board elections?

    Can a proxy vote be counted for Board elections in Forida - or are proxy votes strictly for things like budget approval?
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    HOA deletes candidate election information

    During the election process can the management company and the HOA eliminate the statement of one of the candidate data sheet from circulation leaving only the name of the owner on the proxy? What rights do they have to eliminate data and what recourse does the owner has to recall the election? Besides, the proxy stated that the onsite manager that is not a resident of the condo and is not an owner will be the agent for the proxies. Is this proxy considered to be a valid and legal document for the election?
    What should be an action plan for the owner to recall the election?
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    Chicago condo owner tries to rally neighbors before election

    I live in a large condo complex in Chicago, IL. Recently, we had elections for two board of directors positions. I decided to place my name for the elections. I had some issues with the present board president and decided to run. I remember on several occasions, our property manager, would often indicate that if you are unhappy with your board, then run when the next election comes up. I was so determined to get elected, that I created a master proxy and voting sheet for homeowners to sign. This was a lot easier to have to deal with individual forms provided by the property management. The form clearly indicated the intention of both nominating and voting for me. The homeowners that signed the form clearly understood what they were signing. When it was time to present my signatures at the election meeting, I was informed that the signatures were invalid, since I did not use the proper forms provided. The board must have learned that I was going to run for a board position, and learned of what I was doing, getting signatures prior to the election. The board had present our condo attorney, who indicated that the signatures would not be counted. I am very disappointed. What is so different from petition forms that our city officials use to get their name on the ballot? I used the same format that not only nominated me, but also cast a vote for me. Have other condo associations experienced what happened to me? Was the board correct in their decision not recognizing my voting ballot master form? Your responses would be greatly appreciated.
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    How to run an HOA election?

    Proper way to recruit people to service on the board and the correct details for the voting process. What is the right way to vote a board member for another term when you don't have a quorum?
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    Condo association elections - don't we all get one vote each?

    I am new to a condo board in New York. I was appointed by the president, however we are now having an election. The condo association has not had one in many years. The property manager is telling us that each house gets five votes. He explains the owner can vote one vote per person running or give all five votes to one person, this doesn't sound right to me. We have seven people running and there are only five positions, isn't it logical to give each house five votes to fill those five spots, but shouldn't we only be allowed to give one individual one vote a piece?
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    Newly elected HOA board member quits.  What's next?

    Four days after our annual board elections a newly elected member cedes his position to the runner up. Is there protocol that we should follow? There is nothing in the by laws about this issue.
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    HOA elections practice is questioned

    For the last two elections,  our HOA has taken to nominating the same number of candidates as there are positions open, then announcing at the annual meeting that there are no nominations or voting necessary, as they have the required number of candidates to fill the open slots. Is this legal, and/or how can it be challenged?
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