ELECTIONS? LETS GO!

By Jan Bergemann

Published August 28, 2020

 

Once a year its time for your association to hold the annual meeting with elections date set by your bylaws.

 

There is absolutely no reason to cancel the election or postpone it indefinitely. I already heard from some owners that their boards are planning on cancelling elections and let the board members serve another year.

 

No matter what, Pandemic or not, this would be a clear violation of the Florida statutes. Take the necessary precautions, require face masks and social distancing, but the meeting with elections has to take place at the required time.

 

Boards can make the necessary regulations in order to make the meeting as safe as possible, but this is a meeting that cant be done just by using ZOOM.

 

Eric made the right suggestion: HOAs should amend their bylaws and use the election provisions from the CONDO ACT [ FS 718.112(2)(d) ]. Not only is it a lot more fool-proof avoiding cheating, it allows voting by mail and by written ballots, only requiring very few people to conduct the meeting and vote count in person.

 

STAY SAFE BUT HOLD THE ANNUAL MEETING WITH ELECTION AS REQUIRED BY STATUTES AND YOUR BYLAWS.


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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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