Our nonprofit Association bylaws state that "At the conclusion of the voting process, the results will be reported to the President and Secretary, who promptly shall report the results to the Members." Our Board has never reported anything other than the winners of the election on the ground that it did not want to embarrass the losing candidates. We believe that the candidates’ feelings are irrelevant and that the Board is depriving all members of basic election information, such as total votes cast, vote counts by candidate, ballots discarded, etc.... What can we do to make the Board follow the bylaws?
The lack of precision of the English language can be wonderful. What do you mean by “results”?
The members obviously have the right to know what the vote totals are. You are legally correct that the losers’ feelings are not relevant to the issue, and I tend to agree that basic information on vote totals is important for transparency. Whether the Board sends out all of the information you desire probably depends ultimately on what the members want. If a group of members wants the information, they should make the request known to the Board and, if the Board doesn’t respond favorably, use it as a campaign issue for the next election of directors. The members can elect representatives who will change the policy, or not, depending on what they want. The members could also amend the bylaws to state what specific parts of the results must be distributed. It boils down to my favorite question: whose organization is it? The members ultimately control their own destiny.
If the Board doesn’t respond favorably and you want to make a brouhaha out of it, you could get the results to which you are entitled immediately after the election, along with the email list of the members (to which you should also be entitled) and send the details to the members yourself. You will either embarrass the Board, or yourself, (or maybe both), depending on the sentiment of the group.