As of July 1, 2015, the state of Florida officially recognizes online voting for elections and other general membership votes by homeowners' and condominium associations. In most cases, your voting service provider will assist with communication and setup of the actual election. However, there are still a few steps an association must take before instituting an online election program to ensure compliance with the updated statute.
ezVote's online election systems are in full compliance with Florida law, and we can help your association make a smooth transition to electronic online voting. The most significant items you will need to address are communicating with your members, determining whether you will need to amend your association's bylaws to authorize online voting, and providing an alternative (i.e., paper ballot) for members who opt out of electronic voting.
I'm currently working on a feature article for Condo Management magazine that explains in greater detail an association's responsibilities under the updated Florida statute. In the meantime, I encourage you to read the full section of the Florida statute regarding online elections. Watch for the upcoming Spring edition of Condo Management, featuring my full article, in the coming weeks.
As always, if you have questions or comments regarding online voting, please share them below.