George Mervosh

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  1. It wouldn't hurt to carefully read Section 59 of RONR. Even though your meeting may not be a convention of delegates, a lot what's in that section may be useful for a large annual meeting such as yours (and ones smaller than yours as well). Might I also suggest you register as a member here (preferably under your real name but that's not required)? Others may be willing to share things via the messaging system here and they cannot do that as long as you remain a guest.
  2. From FAQ#10 - As a consequence, the answers to any questions concerning the correct use of proxies, the extent of the power conferred by a proxy, the duration, revocability, or transferability of proxies, and so forth, must be found in the provisions of the law or bylaws which require or authorize their use. [RONR (11th ed.), pp. 428-29.] Now, it's clear. We just can't help.
  3. If the members want to prohibit write-ins adopt a bylaw amendment that says precisely that. It's much easier than interpreting a bylaw provision such as yours.
  4. See your other thread.
  5. The principles of interpretation? RONR (11th ed.), p. 588ff
  6. When a motion to adopt the recommendation is made and before the assembly, it is amendable, yes. The fact that it's a special meeting is not applicable to this specific question.
  7. I think write-ins are still permitted but it's not up to me to agree with you or not, RONR states it's up the members (not the board, executive committee or attorney), in a meeting, to interpret the provisions in their bylaws if such an interpretation is required.
  8. Also, RONR is quite clear that members cannot be assessed any payments aside from their dues unless the bylaws provide for such a payment. So I think your rule regarding a fine is not going to be valid unless it's truly a bylaw provision authorizing them.
  9. Not under the rules in RONR.
  10. hoa minutes abstain

    If it were a one time thing or something that happens very rarely a request is a good idea and probably should be granted without much fuss, but this and the other comments about what should be in the minutes seems like something far more than a request.
  11. Yes, it's necessary (in case you didn't glean that from Mr. Huynh's answer)
  12. hoa minutes abstain

    I don't particularly care for the idea of encouraging this member to make such a motion. From the limited facts presented she seems to be the only one who cares enough to mention it to Guest Heather.
  13. Unless 3 of the (estimated) 5 running are so overwhelmingly popular compared to the other 2, there's a good chance not all 3 are going to receive a majority of the votes cast on the first ballot.
  14. Since your question is one which is looking for a practical answer, hold the election early (as RONR suggests) and have enough tellers, and make sure another set (or two) of ballots exist because there's a good chance you'll need them. Unless the facility is going to force you to leave the room in 2 hours, any pre-assigned time for adjournment can be extended by the assembly. A blank ballot is probably best if you can project the names of the nominees on a screen for all to see.
  15. See for what RONR says. I was going to suggest you check with the council's attorney (or solicitor if you live in PA or in some parts of the Free State of Maryland), but apparently he's not having a problem with the situation.