By Jan Bergemann

Published March 5, 2021


It seems this nation has more election problems than a street dog has fleas. Starting with general elections down to elections in community associations, many of these “elections” end up in litigation and are decided by judges and arbitrators.


Elections and recalls are among the hottest topics of arbitration cases in Florida’s community associations. And there is always something different, decided by arbitrators – not by the legislators.


In the case Eric has blogged about on Monday, head-lined “VOTING FROM ABROAD" the case was made that the so-called two-envelope system actually only needs one envelope, because arbitrators decided that the owner/voter can waive secrecy and just put the ballot in the so-called outer envelope without the use of an inner envelope. In reality, that makes it a one-envelope system. So much for secret ballots!


In the past there has always been a rule-of-thumb when counting the votes: The number of outer envelopes had to equal the number of inner envelopes and ballots. This rule of thumb can now no longer be used, since the number of inner envelopes can now be less than anything else.


Elections are obviously a complicated issue in this country and the fact that our country seems to be run by attorneys/judges and not by citizens or legislators, doesn’t make it easier.


And now, that our legislators in their infinite wisdom allowed electronic voting, we will see our elections being decided by voting machine programs that can be controlled from abroad, not by the voters any more. So much for “VOTING FROM ABROAD”.

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Jan Bergemann Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice, Florida 's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group. CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in community  

associations. He moved to Florida in 1995 - hoping to retire. He moved into a HOA, where the developer cheated the homeowners and used the association dues for his own purposes. End of retirement!


CCFJ was born in the year 2000, when some owners met in Tallahassee - finding out that power is only in numbers. Bergemann was a member of Governor Jeb Bush's HOA Task force in 2003/2004.


The organization has two websites to inform interested Florida homeowners and condo owners:

News Website: http://www.ccfj.net/.

Educational Website: http://www.ccfjfoundation.net/.

We think that only owners can really represent owners, since all service providers surely have a different interest! We are trying to create owner-friendly laws, but the best laws are useless without enforcement. And enforcement is totally lacking in Florida !

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