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RA Will Nix Additional Voter Info Request

by Karen Goff — November 20, 2014 at 9:30 am 6 Comments

Reston Association Board/Credit: RAReston Association’s Board of Directors is telling a member one report is enough when it comes to member voter records.

At its Thursday regular meeting, the board will likely vote to “deny and not give further consideration to Mr. Irwin Flashman’s request for an electronic copy of the 2014 Board of Director Election member voting record.”

RA president Ken Knueven said in the motion that the board will not give Flashman info it already gave him in hard copy.

In September, Flashman requested and RA released information on whether or not each of its 25,700 member households voted in the 2014 Board of Directors election. It also released members’ addresses, but omitted the substance of members’ votes and any other personal information. RA says it was obligated to release the information under its bylaws and Virginia law.

Flashman previously told Reston Now that he wanted the records so he could analyze and try to boost the number of locals who cast their ballots.

“I want to increase voter turnout,” he said. “Something has to be done, and I think before you start doing anything, you need to know what happened.”

Fewer than 15 percent of Reston households cast votes in most recent election in the 2014 election.

Knueven said earlier while the Association’s bylaws and Virginia law on property owners’ associations require the disclosure of the information, he believes “voter records are confidential and should remain such.”

“We released only information we felt was not confidential.”

Meanwhile, applications are being accepted through Jan. 30 for the 2015 RA Board of Directors election. Four seats — two at-large, North Point and South Lakes — are up for re-election.

Additionally, tonight’s board meeting will feature public hearings on a referendum for the RELAC system for 300+ Lake Anne Area homes and on the 2015 budget and assessments.

Photo: Reston Association Board meeting/Credit: RA

  • Reston Realist

    This is a total load O’crap! Mr. Flashman and his compardres have zero interest in increasing voter turnout. If they did they’d be asking for the addresses of all eligible voters so that they could encourage wider voter turnout.

    What they do have an interest in is stacking the RA Board with anti-change, anti-development, zero tree removal, environmental bigots.

    • Kent

      He doesn’t have to make a special request to get the full list of addresses. RA is unequivocally required by law to provide it, and even this board can’t deny it.

      One of the board members also said that they had asked for the same information and been unable to get it, even though the law specifically saws that board members have access to all books and records of the association.

      • Reston Realist

        Mr. Flashman’s agenda is clear to anyone who pays attention to the meetings. He and the Environmental Advisory Committee have been bent out of shape since RA agreed to the land swap for Lake Anne redevelopment. Clearly it is his hope to unwind that deal by getting a more sympathetic board elected in the next election cycle.

        His impassioned speech about transparency was disingenuous at best since it’s pretty clear that he’s the one plotting and scheming.

  • John Farrell

    There just isn’t a legitimate reason to withhold this format for the information.

    It’s really irrelevant that the insiders at RA don’t like Flashman or suspect his or his allies motives.

    RA has a serious transparency issue and this vote will only compound it.

    One of the biggest impediments to running for the RA Board is the refusal of RA to let the candidates know who voted in prior elections – information know to every other candidate for elective office in Virginia.

    Since only 10-12% of RA votes, it’s demoralizing for a potential candidate to know that 90% of their time will be wasted talking to households that won’t vote.

  • Wowser

    Get a grip, Laura!

    • Laura Calacci

      Its funny because its true.

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