K.C. from Middlesex County, Connecticut writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
I live in a larger condo association. Could you tell me what the law in Connecticut is regarding voting procedures? What percentage of owner’s need to vote on an issue in order for it to pass? Thank you.
Mister Condo replies:
K.C., larger condo associations are very likely to have very specific rules about voting and what percentages are required to pass new rules, modify existing rules, elect officers, and adopt the annual budget. While the voting requirements may be buried in your condo documents, they shouldn’t be that hard for you to find. They are also usually written in fairly plain language so common folk like you and I can easily understand. In most situations, a simple counting of votes cast in person or by proxy will determine the outcome of a vote. In some circumstances, absentee votes are counted as favorable votes. This is not uncommon in larger associations where a small percentage of the electorate typically cast votes. In these communities, the challenge to get out the vote inhibits the actions of the elected members of the Board to conduct the business of the association. This practice can be controversial when there is a large opposition to an issue at the actual meeting where the vote is being held. For instance, in an association where there are 2000 members and only 50% of the electorate turned up at the meeting, an issue could still be approved even if a majority of attendees voted against the measure. There was a bill passed last year in the Connecticut General Assembly that would have changed that but the bill was vetoed by Governor Malloy.