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FINE FOR NOT PARTICIPATING

QUESTION: Can non-participating condo owners be charged a non-participation fee? They don't come to membership meetings, don't vote, and won't serve on the board of directors. They don't do anything for the association except pay their dues.

ANSWER: You're lucky they pay their dues; many associations are struggling with high foreclosure rates. Your proposed "fee" is actually a fine. At a minimum, you will need to amend your rules and regulations to provide for voter non-participation penalties. I prefer incentives to fines, i.e., raffle a prize or series of prizes for those who cast ballots. You can get local businesses to donate products and services. In addition, you should consider eliminating quorum for the election of directors. It makes for more efficient elections.

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