guest blog by Bob Frank (Air Force Col. Retired)
It is a fact that CID board elections are the ONLY way that members can actually influence the management of their common properties and finances. And, since candidates for boards and members of community management companies are not routinely cleared as trustworthy according to government standards, the election processes themselves MUST be provable as being “trustworthy/tamper-proof” by the association members.
Therefore, I submit it should be mandatory that secret ballot board elections implement (1) audit-trails, (2) use “tamper-proof” devices, (3) be certified as end-to-end trustworthy, and (4) be capable of independent auditing by licensed, trained professionals.
And, I claim that any board election that can not be auditable as trustworthy should be invalid. Why would government officials and trade association professionals be allowed to tolerate potentially corrupt board elections?
Should the trade association adopt the following or similar terms and require that all HOA/Condo board elections follow such definitions and implement “trustworthy board elections” capable of being audited by 3rd party professionals?
Or, should board elections be taken away from CID boards and management companies and that there be a new licensed and bonded, “Independent Trusted Elections Professional” be required on a part time basis by state statutes as auditors and attorney are?
Am I on the right track for this topic? Do you agree it is likely possible to conduct such improvements in CID elections at reasonable costs? If you wish, I can explain how I would design such a system using hard-copy and/or electronic processes.