Re: Fallback Voting Methods- By Household or Member?
From: normangauss (
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2005 09:29:22 -0800 (PST)
Logically, a vote in which money is a critical factor (and therefore tied to
HOA dues levied on a unit basis) should be based on units.  On the other
hand, a vote affecting members individually and not tied to cash flow from a
specific unit should be based on members.  In addition, some issues
involving children might include the children as voters.

Norm Gauss

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Demaree" <dhdemary [at]>
To: <cohousing-l [at]>
Sent: Monday, March 28, 2005 1:10 PM
Subject: [C-L]_ Fallback Voting Methods- By Household or Member?

> Hi all,
> We're currently writing our bylaws and we've come up
> against the issue of how to allocate votes in the
> event that consensus fails.
> Some prefer to allocate votes by unit in order to
> protect their economic investment.  We have considered
> one or two votes per unit.
> Some prefer to allocate votes by member since we are a
> community of members (not units) and all members
> should have an equal voice.
> I've looked in the archive and I've see examples of
> allocation by unit and examples of combinations of
> allocation by unit and by member (depending on the
> issue) but I haven't seen any that allocate votes
> strictly by member.
> Do any existing communities allocate votes strictly by
> member?
> This also brings up the questions about where the
> right to vote arises.  Is it by Ownership?  Residency?
>  Community involvement?
> Any insight on the voting issue would be greatly
> appreciated.
> Thank you,
> Dave Demaree
> CoHo Ecovillage, Corvallis OR.
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