This is Vince Montoya, Campaign/Community Manager, next to election “officials”, voting and signing ballots during the election on Nov. 18:
The box at the top of the proxy states “If you prefer you may ask a neighbor to submit it at the meeting on your behalf”. Under the DIRECTED PROXY section, it says ” *If the above space is left blank, the proxy will be given to the Secretary of the Annual Meeting for quorum purposes only. ”
Initially on Tuesday night (as in past elections), these proxies were in a separate stack. During counting, Vince handled proxies multiple times, and then began voting and writing on them. Eventually all proxies were counted toward candidates – the “quorum only” stack disappeared. Election procedures were very different and confusing this year …. First everyone was told that proxies would not be exchanged for a ballot and to simply turn them in. Then they were retrieved and stapled to a ballot – after which, the resident had to be located, so the ballot could be signed. True County Election officials would not have allowed a procedure like this.
When several residents cited Owner/Resident voting rights and tried to challenge Vince’s actions, the Association Attorney, Lynn Krupnik, claimed that a proxy can be directed to anyone and that being a resident or owner is not necessary to cast votes. (?!!!)
At the end of the meeting, Carol Thompson refused to allow owner/resident comments and abruptly called an adjournment.