Approval Requirement. The voting requirements for membership approval of bylaw amendments and restatements are normally found in an association's bylaws. In the event the bylaws fail to include an amendment provision, they may be amended by a majority of those members voting once a quorum has been established. (Corp. Code §7150(b).)
Initiated by the Board. Amendments to the governing documents must be initiated by the board of directors.
Secret Ballot. Voting must be done by secret ballot (Civ. Code §5100(a).) in accordance with written election rules. (Civ. Code §5105(a).) Unless an association's governing documents provide otherwise, balloting may done entirely through the mail, with no voting at a meeting. However, counting the ballots is still done at an open meeting so members can observe the counting process. Because voter turnout is a problem, boards can extend the voting period one or more times as-needed.
Effective Upon Notice. Bylaw amendments and restatements are effective upon notice to the membership. Unlike CC&R amendments, bylaw amendments do not need to be recorded to be effective, nor do they need to be filed with the secretary of state.
Board Approved Amendments. Some amendments can be approved by the boards pursuant to other statutory authority to eliminate discriminatory language, eliminate outdated statutory references, and correct to typographical errors.
Information. For more information about amending governing documents, see Amendments & Restatements.
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