CCIOA 101 for HOA Boards: Counting Secret Ballots
Last week in a CCIOA 101 for HOA Boards posting, I talked about the circumstances under which the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act (“CCIOA”), at C.R.S. 38-33.3-310, requires the use of secret ballots when members are voting in a contested election for directors or on other issues. When counting these secret ballots, here’s what you need to know:
● The ballots should be counted by a neutral 3rd party or a committee of volunteers;
● If a committee of volunteers is utilized, the president of the board (or the individual presiding over the membership meeting) during the meeting shall select owners/members of the HOA to serve on the committee of volunteers. The volunteers cannot be members of the board or a candidate in a contested election for a position on the board.
When the results of a vote by secret ballot are announced, the results must be reported without referencing the names, addresses or any other identifying information of the owners casting their votes.
Keep an eye out on this blog for future postings on CCIOA 101 for HOA Boards!