The first Rally for HOA Reform took place on February 15, 2011 at the Austin, Texas capitol. Measures HOA officials can take to safeguard against miscommunications and escalating concerns with residents include using a third-party voting website.
The Texas HOA Reform Coalition, who mobilized HOA residents to attend the rally, seeks protection from what it perceives as abuses within homeowners associations. According to their website, HOAs have extraordinary powers that “should be replaced with more limited powers to address what HOAs really need, as opposed to the power they want.”
HOA Reform Happening Across the Country
The efforts by the HOA Reform Coalition are part of a larger effort happening throughout the U.S. In June 2010, an HOA reform bill was signed into law by Florida governor Charlie Christ. The one hundred pages-plus bill included revisions to HOA guidelines for everything from retrofitting sprinklers to insurance requirements and HOA board elections.
The National Homeowners Advocate Group is another movement created to mobilize homeowners. The group is one of many to have a Facebook page. Online connectivity, first in the form of website forums and later popping up on networking websites like Facebook, also impacts homeowners as they have easier and faster access to information about HOA reform activities, lawsuits and changes to laws.
Boomers and Seniors Not Likely to Move, Says AARP
The attempts by homeowners to mobilize aren’t all that surprising. In 2010, AARP polled members to learn more about their lifestyles. According to the poll, more than eight out of ten Boomers, and nine out of ten people 65+ reported that they want to stay in their homes as long as possible. Instead of moving on and moving out, homeowners prefer to stay in their homes. The upshot of these research findings- and the likely outcome- is the growing trend of homeowners to slowly become more engaged and more active in HOA activities.
Voting Website Offers Third-party Impartiality and Protection During HOA Elections
As homeowners continue to organize state by state and nationally, changes will continue to happen at the local homeowner’s association level, too. It’s becoming even more critical that homeowners boards and officials continue to ensure fairness and objectivity is maintained throughout all board-related activities, including elections.
Voting online is a key component to guarding against fraud and maintaining impartiality during an HOA election. Since online elections at VoteHOANow are handled by an impartial third party, there’s an added layer of security on the voting website that homeowners appreciate. In-person and mail-in voting and using voting machines don’t have the same level of protection as voting online. The voting website provides registration codes to homeowners in your community to further guard against mishandling or tabulation errors. Learn more about secure voting online by reading some of our customer testimonials.
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