The Governor recently signed into law SB 323, which changes elections in 2020 dramatically.
We understand that SB 323 is creating much concern from homeowners associations across the state, but we want to assure you that we will be able to walk you through the process as we perform as Inspector of Elections.
One of the provisions of SB 323 is that Associations cannot use a company they are otherwise contracted with to act as the Inspector of Elections. Additionally, all HOA’s in the state of California must adopt new Election Rules. These new Election Rules must be sent out to all homeowners for a 30-day comment period prior to adoption by the Board of Directors.
If your HOA scheduled its Annual Meeting on February 1st, 2020 or later, these new election rules apply and must be adopted by January 1, 2020. SB 323 requires a longer time frame for the election process, including a new step to notify owners 30 days before ballots are mailed of the deadline for returning ballots, the address to which they must be returned, the date, time and location of the meeting and the list of candidates.
When the ballots are mailed, a copy of the new Election Rules must accompany the ballot or be available on the Association’s website. NLB Consulting can prepare new Election Rules that conform with SB 323 and your governing documents. We can also host them here on our website, to save the Association the cost of mailing them to every homeowner.
We know the changes implemented by SB 323 can be confusing, but we're here to help. Contact us today.