Proxy voting, quorum rule cause stir in Illinois HOAs

11/4/2013 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Leaders of HOAs in Illinois are divided over the state's quorum system, which requires an average of 20% of owners to host a meeting and to elect board members. If the level isn't met, members who aren't in attendance can have other members vote on their behalf, known as proxy voting. "Where in the real world of any other form of government do we see proxies?" said Michael Baum, president of Baum Property Management. "In a democracy like ours, the person with the most votes wins, regardless of the number of votes. We don't have a do-over in three months because there wasn't a quorum."

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