At 11:03pm on March 22, 2023 Director Sue wrote:
Just read this before going to bed. I believe a response is needed.
Dawn Hogue, Deborah’s boss, responded at 10:01am on March 23, 2023:
For clarification, no other individual other than FirstService Residential is the keeper of the records and no one has access to the roster. Historically it is not uncommon that we receive inquiries from board or residents as to how many votes have been collected throughout the process. It is also not uncommon for board members or residents to reach out to the community to remind them to vote.
See you all tonight.
Sr. Regional Director
Director Sue responded at 10:32am on March 23, 2023:
Just read your email regarding your explanation. As someone who is acutely aware of the rules and regulations, what is uncommon is for any person running for office or current board member to personally contact a member to inform him/her that they haven’t voted. The issue is how that person knew who didn’t vote when only FSR was to have this information? How was this information obtained?
This is not a trivial matter and needs additional investigation.
Director Arthur responded at 10:37am on March 23, 2023:
Dovetailing on what Sue wrote below: that’s not what happened here. What was reported as having happened was that the HOA board member/candidate contacted the member and advised the member that he was aware that the member had not voted. The only way for him to have made such a claim was if he had seen the roster. So please don’t divert the conversation to something that we’re not talking about here. A better response would’ve been to state that you would be undertaking an immediate investigation as opposed to white washing it by deflecting because there’s been a pattern established which I mentioned earlier, when the revocations to the failed recall petition were somehow leaked out of Deborah’s office and those members were then harassed.
Arthur Andelson, Director
At 11am this morning, the aggrieved member went into the property manager’s office and voted. Said member reported that Deborah, the property manager, told him that she told Jeff Green, the HOA president/candidate, that there were people on his block who hadn’t voted yet, and specifically this member, and that this member is not a snowbird. She said that the member was home and could therefore vote [in time].
What other members did she tell him to contact? Did she also tell other board candidates to contact members on their blocks, or chairpersons, or anyone else? Which candidates were left out and were not told or given voter names of those who had not yet voted so they could make contact with them?
We know for a fact that the T.A.G. team of candidates Tony D’Agrosa, Alice Silver, and George Klein were never contacted about this.
So this was specific targeting of members who had not voted by the president/candidate who was given inside information about these members so that he could personally solicit them and urge them to vote for him. The call referenced above lasted 2 minutes and 44 seconds, which is a lot longer than one needs to simply say “please vote.”
So you decide: is this election tampering and was vote harvesting going on, with inappropriate access to the roster by one candidate/Board member? Did this give an unfair advantage to this candidate/Board member? Is this grounds to overturn the election and redo it if this candidate wins re-election tonight?
Your faithful scribe, Vicki Roberts