By Jan Bergemann

Published December 13, 2019


The USA has a very serious problem with elections. Since three years they are fighting in Washington over election issues, because party obviously doesn’t like the president the voters officially elected according to US election laws and comes up with all kinds of weird theories to remove him from office.


But if you want to talk about serious election problems, you don’t have to go to Washington, just take a look at the annual elections in your local community association. WHAT A Joke!


We are sending ex-presidents to foreign countries to monitor elections, but who is really monitoring the elections in our community associations? The so-called “election monitor system” is only a shadow of what it was when it was created in 2004.


The guy calling the shots in the Ft. Lauderdale Ombudsman’s office, Richard Luther, is sending out election monitors who are not well trained and will yield to association attorneys who tell them what to do, especially if the attorney is from a law firm they once worked for.


Over the years our esteemed Florida State Legislators come up with all kind of “fancy” election rules, claiming to create fair and honest elections in our community associations. It all sounds great on paper, but in reality there is nothing fair and honest in these elections. One of the main reasons: There is no proper enforcement of all these rules created because the Arbitration Section of the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares and Mobile Homes made a mockery out of enforcing election and recall rules.


While elections in condominium associations minimum have some sort of enforceable rules, the sitting board of a homeowners’ association can decide the outcome of the election even before the election notices are being sent out. HOA bylaws allow so-called “Nominating Committees” -- the members being appointed by the board, often even family members – to make a pre-selection of the candidates without having to give reasons for disqualifying candidates.


Then it will not be an election – it will just be a JOKE!

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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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