Increasing homeowners association members’ participation in elections is a constant challenge for HOA officials. Homeowners association officials have tried experimenting with different incentives and nonparticipation fees, but sometimes, it feels like nothing will ever get homeowners engaged or interested in the voting process.
In Delaware, one homeowner’s association voted to fine HOA members who didn’t participate in elections. According to CapeGazette.com, a local condominium association sent letters to residents stating that if ballots or proxies were not returned, they would be fined $100. That’s an extreme measure, but HOA officials often feel like their hands are tied when it comes getting homeowners to participate in elections.
The Connection between Internet Voting and Homeowner Engagement
Internet voting can provide much-needed help in engaging homeowners to participate in HOA elections. Voting in-person can be time-consuming and all too easily brushed aside by busy homeowners. Mail-in voting can also fall by the wayside, decreasing the number of actively involved homeowners voting in elections. Internet voting provides homeowners with a way to easily access elections, engaging them and increasing voter participation.
They would not have met their quorum requirements without electronic voting.
Owners were excited about using a voting website- especially association members who live out of state.
“Ease of use” is one of the most frequent comments received by homeowners who have used internet voting.
Is the Voting Website Difficult to Use?
Using the voting website is easy. First, you’ll upload your .csv file of residents. Then, VoteHOANow will mail registration codes and sign-up information to your residents. Homeowners can register at the voting website anytime before, during and after an election.
Beginning a new election is also streamlined. During set-up, you’ll include the date range for the election (when residents can vote), and information about the issues and candidates. You can upload flyers, pamphlets and even allow write-in candidates. Once homeowners begin online voting, HOA officials can view real-time results. VoteHOANOw will send periodic email reminders to homeowners that have registered on the site, but haven’t yet voted.
Internet Voting Makes It Easy
It might seem difficult to get homeowners engaged in elections, no matter what sort of options you provide them. With internet voting, you’re removing one crucial reason why people don’t vote- time- from the equation. Request a voting website demo today, to see for yourself why customers love using internet voting.
What our Clients are Saying!
"Anyone, whether a property manager or a volunteer Board member, who has responsibility for running an election, should use VoteHOAnow for a virtually effortless election."
"Our election was a success, with more votes than we've seen in years, and over half of all votes came in via electronic voting."
We really appreciated how flexible and easy to work with VoteHOANow was during the process of getting our community ready to vote electronically for the first time.