Prop. Code Section 209.0057
Recount of Votes
(a)This section does not apply to a property owners’ association that is subject to Chapter 552 (Public Information), Government Code, by application of Section 552.0036 (Certain Property Owners’ Associations Subject to Law), Government Code.
(b)Any owner may, not later than the 15th day after the later of the date of any meeting of owners at which the election or vote was held or the date of the announcement of the results of the election or vote, require a recount of the votes. A demand for a recount must be submitted in writing either:
(1)by verified mail or by delivery by the United States Postal Service with signature confirmation service to the property owners’ association’s mailing address as reflected on the latest management certificate filed under Section 209.004 (Management Certificates); or
(2)in person to the property owners’ association’s managing agent as reflected on the latest management certificate filed under Section 209.004 (Management Certificates) or to the address to which absentee and proxy ballots are mailed.
(b-1)The property owners’ association must estimate the costs for performance of the recount by a person qualified to tabulate votes under Subsection (c) and must send an invoice for the estimated costs to the requesting owner at the owner’s last known address according to association records not later than the 20th day after the date the association receives the owner’s demand for the recount.
(b-2)The owner demanding a recount under this section must pay the invoice described by Subsection (b-1) in full to the property owners’ association on or before the 30th day after the date the invoice is sent to the owner.
(b-3)If the invoice described by Subsection (b-1) is not paid by the deadline prescribed by Subsection (b-2), the owner’s demand for a recount is considered withdrawn and a recount is not required.
(b-4)If the estimated costs under Subsection (b-1) are lesser or greater than the actual costs, the property owners’ association must send a final invoice to the owner on or before the 30th business day after the date the results of the recount are provided. If the final invoice includes additional amounts owed by the owner, any additional amounts not paid to the association before the 30th business day after the date the invoice is sent to the owner may be added to the owner’s account as an assessment. If the estimated costs exceed the final invoice amount, the owner is entitled to a refund. The refund shall be paid to the owner at the time the final invoice is sent under this subsection.
(c)Following receipt of payment under Subsection (b-2), the property owners’ association shall, at the expense of the owner requesting the recount, retain for the purpose of performing the recount the services of a person qualified to tabulate votes under this subsection. The association shall enter into a contract for the services of a person who:
(1)is not a member of the association or related to a member of the association board within the third degree by consanguinity or affinity, as determined under Chapter 573 (Degrees of Relationship; Nepotism Prohibitions), Government Code; and
(A)a current or former:
(ii)county elections administrator;
(iii)justice of the peace; or
(iv)county voter registrar; or
(B)a person agreed on by the association and each person requesting the recount.
(d)On or before the 30th day after the date of receipt of payment for a recount in accordance with Subsection (b-2), the recount must be completed and the property owners’ association must provide each owner who requested the recount with notice of the results of the recount. If the recount changes the results of the election, the association shall reimburse the requesting owner for the cost of the recount not later than the 30th day after the date the results of the recount are provided. Any action taken by the board in the period between the initial election vote tally and the completion of the recount is not affected by any recount.
Section 209.0057 — Recount of Votes,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/PR/htm/PR.209.htm#209.0057 (accessed Nov. 25, 2023).