So, when a friend has a $5 late fee for no good reason - been on autopay continually, and the balance they say is behind about $11 for some weird reason, is there any concern that with no explanation, no bill, no letter, voting rights can be extinguished for such a balance?
This is not at all a far-fetched situation. When Costco switched cards, as soon as I had the new Coscto Visa card, I went on the web site -- a couple of weeks in advance of my next dues charge --and changed my card on file. The web site even gave me a success message to tell me that I had successfully changed the card. Then when the first dues payment was charged by Wyndham on my account after the change was supposedly successfully made, they charge the old Costco Amex card, which of course rejected the transaction. So -- despite the success message from the web site when I made the change -- the change did not actually happen somehow, and despite the problem being with the website (an apparently non-repeatable fluke event that no one else apparently reported), I had to deal with this in crisis mode as my standing was suddenly bad -- and I had to pay the additional charge (something like $5.95) for making the payment by phone that should have happened automatically.
So for a time -- due to this fluke of the WorldMark web site -- I was not in good standing for a week or so. That should not be grounds for disenfranchising me.