Resolution to Protect Voting Rights in HOAs

13-11.22

WHEREAS, more than 25% of all Californians, who live in Common Interest Developments (CIDs), also known as Homeowner Associations (HOAs) and Planned Unit Developments (PUDs), vote each year to elect Board members and to approve or disapprove changes in CC&Rs, By-Laws, Rules and Regulations; and

WHEREAS, current California laws, including the Davis-Sterling Act and the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act, establish secure, protected voting procedures and ensure the voting rights of all homeowners in California Common Interest Developments, and include a voting inspector, double-envelope ballots, and observed vote counting; and

WHEREAS, commercial interests, including association management companies who seek to make a profit, have and will likely continue to propose changes to the California laws designed to implement unsecure voting procedures, including the elimination of the election inspector, double envelope ballots, and observed vote counting through unproven online voting systems, which would eliminate the protections of the voting rights of homeowners;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party is OPPOSED to a change in California laws, including the Davis-Sterling Act and the Bagley Keene Open Meeting Act, which would eliminate the voting rights and protected voting systems in Common Interest Developments, Planned Unit Developments, and Homeowner Associations, in order to establish unproven voting procedures, such as online voting, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party SUPPORTS the democratic management of Common Interest Developments and the protection of the voting rights of home owners and the secure, protected voting systems in Common Interest Developments throughout the State of California.

Authored by Diane Wallace
Sponsored by Region 16

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its November 2013 Executive Board Meeting
Westin Hotel, Millbrae
November 24, 2013

 

 

 

 

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