Results – Public Record?
November 14, 2014
forget, we live in the world-famous state that couldn’t get
the national election results correct in the year 2000. We were
the laughing-stock of the world!
imagine the media would have reported the results of the 2014
election for Florida Governor as follows: Scott won, but
that’s all we are telling you because we don’t want to
offend and/or shame the loser Crist by publishing the vote
count! I betcha, all hell would have broken lose after that
do boards and/or election committees in community associations
think that it is absolutely acceptable to do the same after the
They just announce the “winners” – no election results, no
get contacted a lot by candidates who would like to know the
exact election results only to be told that the results are
secret and will not be revealed because “they
don’t want to hurt anyone's feelings.”
boards will go even further and disallow owners to inspect the
election documents and will use the excuse that the actual
results could “leak” out if inspection or copying is
face it: We are all adults. Somebody who volunteers to be a
candidate for the board of directors should be aware that there
is a chance of losing – if the election deck isn’t stacked.
And candidates have an interest to know the margin of their loss
in order to decide if they could have done better with more
effective campaigning and/or if they should try again next year!
how would anybody know if the results that are used to proclaim
the winners are correct? What keeps the people in power from
announcing the candidates they personally prefer as the winner?
This announcement method -- like so many other things in our
community associations -- doesn’t make any sense, and it’s
actually violating the statutes. Election documents are part of
the so-called public records and can be inspected or copied by
each owner who makes a public record request as required by
statutes actually require that all election records, ballots,
sign-in sheets, etc. shall be maintained for a period of
one year from the date of the election – or after the next
annual election has been conducted.
not about hurting anyone's feelings
– it’s about violating the law!
stinks – especially if it comes to elections in homeowners’
||Jan Bergemann is president of Cyber Citizens For Justice,
's largest state-wide property owners' advocacy group.
CCFJ works on legislation to help owners living in
associations. He moved to
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
- 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
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