The Association of Poinciana Villages (APV), the largest homeowner’s association in the state of Florida, will hold elections on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 for open seats on the boards for Villages 1,3,7 and 8. Only property owners in these villages will be voting in this election.
Residents who live in Villages 2 and 5 will not be voting in this election as the number of candidates running was the same as the number of open seats. Therefore, those candidates have been automatically appointed. Village 9 holds its own elections each January.
For residents in Villages 1, 3, 7 and 8 wondering who to vote for, it is up to each candidate to campaign on his or her behalf to enlist votes. APV does not endorse any candidate and does not publish any information on the candidates other than their names and addresses in order to remain neutral in all election activities. Each candidate had the opportunity to submit information when registering as a candidate. That information will be available at the polling site.
Voting takes place at the Poinciana Community Center located at 445 Marigold Avenue and polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
At 6:45 a.m. the APV Registrar will open, in clear view and on video, each voting box to verify that it is empty. The boxes will then be locked and voting will begin.
Each voter will need to show a government issued picture ID that represents the name that appears on the home deed. Only owners who have their name on the deed can vote. Those without a picture ID will not be allowed to vote. Those who represent a company that owns property in a Village must make sure the company has named them as the designated voter. That designation must be on file with APV at the time of voting.
Pollsters will check IDs with the APV database and with County records to verify ownership and designated voters. Once residents are verified as the deeded homeowner or designated voter, they will be given a ballot for the Village(s) in which they are eligible to vote. Only four Villages will take part in the 2019 elections and homeowners can only vote in the Village(s) in which their property is located. Each deeded homeowner is allowed one vote for each property owned.
“Our election process is very important in a community of our size and we encourage all homeowners to participate,” said Mark Maldonado, APV General Manager. “The polls will close at 7 p.m. and the votes will be counted immediately. If residents choose, they are invited to silently watch the votes being counted. These elections will be completely transparent.”
Immediately following the count, the winners in each Village will be notified by phone or email that they are expected to attend their Village Board meeting the next morning, February 13, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.
At the Village Board meeting, each individual Village will choose officers for their Village. The positions are President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The President of each Village board will then represent that Village on the APV Master Board.
The first APV Master Board meeting of 2019 will be held the same day. The meeting will be at the new Community Center located at 445 Marigold Avenue at 9:00 a.m.
This Master Board meeting may be attended by deeded property owners only. IDs will be checked at the door, as with all Master Board meetings. At this meeting, the 2019 Master Board will be seated and officers, including a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, will then be elected.
“We encourage all homeowners in eligible villages to cast their vote and become involved in the community in which they all live,” said Maldonado. “We want to continue to work hard to make this the best place to live in all of Florida.”
About the Association of Poinciana Villages
The Association of Poinciana Villages, Inc. (APV) is one of the largest homeowner’s associations in the United States, serving more than 65,000 residents. The 47,000-acre, unincorporated, suburban community encompasses both Polk and Osceola counties, perfectly nestled between Haines City and Kissimmee, Florida. The Association of Poinciana Villages maintains its core vision of continuing to be one of the best places in all of central Florida to live and raise a family. Visit apvcommunity.com for more information.