By: Cathi Sleight CMCA® , EBP - Vote HOA Now
The year of 2020 will forever be known as “The Year of Covid” and we have seen many changes as a result. One positive change has been the level of remote participation and the gaining popularity of virtual meetings for board meetings, annual meetings, elections, and special membership meetings. As the technical comfort level of owners, board members, and managers has grown, with it has been the understanding that greater participation from owners via remote means is a good thing.
Many states that had enabled temporary allowances for electronic voting due to Covid restrictions have now made them permanent. This can make implementing online voting as simple as passing a board resolution or adding online voting to your election or voting process. Many of these changes were just enacted effective July 1, 2021, so be sure to check your state statutes for the guidelines.
If online voting is permitted by your state statute it is very easy to incorporate this into your HOA (or condominium or co-op) election process and offer owners another option for having their vote count. Start by having the board adopt a resolution to add electronic voting as a method to accept ballots.
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