Sunday, December 4, 2011
There is a reason that Federal, State and Local Governments don't use e-mail balloting and this is a prime example of why they don't
Note: The letter to the editor is from WPOA board director Richard Sullivan. Sullivan served a brief stint on the board in 2010 and returned to the board later that year. He will be vacating his seat next month. Sullivan and his wife Pat have been regular attendees of board meetings and active WPOA members since moving to Woodcreek in July of 2008. Balloting is underway to elect three new members to the board. Ballots (by mail and e-mail) must be received by WPOA staff by 10 a.m. January 21, the day of the next members meeting. Ballots will be tallied and announced, at which time the new board members will be seated. Needless to say, a response or comments from the WPOA, board members and property owners to Mr. Sullivan's letter are welcomed by the RoundUp. For additional information, visit the WPOA website.
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To the Editor:
Starting on December first, the Woodcreek Property Owners Association (WPOA) was supposed to have sent out ballots to the Property Owners in Woodcreek North and Eagle Rock for the annual Election of 3 new Directors for their board. The Board's Nominating Committee nominated a slate of candidates including a couple of familiar names, Sally Caldwell and Liz Sumter along with an unknown newcomer Col. Mike Regan.
More commonly, the Board would simply ask for a vote by show of hands of the 30 or so attendees present at the November Members Meeting and zap, their picks would be elected. Many property owners believe this scenario has created a board of cronies with a groupthink mentality. This time, a real election was forced on the board by additional nominations from the floor at the Members Meeting.
Property Owners, seeking a change from the status quo, nominated 4 alternate candidates, Pat Sullivan, Dottie Sweeton, Donna Hathway and last but not least, popular past president, Susan Howard. Much of this was brought on by the very unpopular stance of the board regarding their resistance to handing over some roads to the County.
As is usually the case with the 2011 WPOA Board, things are not going well for the balloting process. They decided for the first time to adopt a hybrid balloting system, where some property owners would receive paper ballots by snail mail while others would receive "electronic ballots" by e-mail.
After 4 days, several owners had not received their ballots by e-mail although the WPOA President Merry Merian and her Office Manager Janelle Delaney claim they were sent out to everyone. Coincidently, many of the ones reporting not to have received a ballot turn out to be the more outspoken ones in conflict with several recent decisions of the Board, e.g., Winton Porterfield, and Directors Duanne Redus and Richard Sullivan.
We really don't know how many were denied their right to vote since so many are unaware that they were to receive a ballot by e-mail or snail mail for that matter. If you don't know it's coming, how can you report it not arriving, a fact that seems to elude the individuals doing the balloting. There is a reason that Federal, State and Local Governments don't use e-mail balloting and this is a prime example of why they don't.
Besides the potential for fraud and abuse, as we can see here it is not reliable and subject to mistakes or operator error. Currently, I have no firm idea as to whether this dereliction was by accident or design.
Posted by RoundUp Editor at 3:06 PM