Guest Phil N

Majority or Plurality in Elections

9 posts in this topic

My state organization's Constitution and By-Laws do not specify that an officer must be elected by a majority vote. In the past, we have made the selection based on a plurality in some years, a majority in others. However, I seem to recall reading awhile ago in RONR that if there is no provision stating otherwise, a candidate must receive a majority of the votes cast to be elected. When I went back to check, I could not locate the paragraph I wanted. Am I mis-remembering? If not, could you indicate which chapter/section (or even page number) of RONR I should find this information in?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In other words, a majority of votes cast is required to elect. So if only on person votes, that person elects whoever he/she voted for. Members have the right to abstain which does not factor into whether or not a member is elected.

Edited on April 28th at 4:20 pm (EDT) to correct a typo.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Members have the right to abstain which does factor into whether or not a member is elected.

Umm.... is that what you meant to suggest (that abstentions do have an effect on elections)? Or am I misunderstanding your point?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In other words, a majority of votes cast is required to elect. So if only on person votes, that person elects whoever he/she voted for. Members have the right to abstain which does factor into whether or not a member is elected.

First sentence: . . . whomever . . .

Second sentence: Abstaining may factor into the election, in some abstract way, but an abstention has no effect in the tabulating of the votes (except to make it consume less time).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you for catching my mistake - I have corrected it.

What?

Apparently, I had trouble counting the sentences, but my point was that it should be "whomever," in place of whoever.

I just wanted to point it out before Shmuel did. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Apparently, I had trouble counting the sentences, but my point was that it should be "whomever," in place of whoever.

I just wanted to point it out before Shmuel did. :)

I don't think I would have pointed it out at all.

I find it much more annoying when someone uses "whomever" instead of "whoever", or "I" instead of "me", than the other way around. But maybe that's just I. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I find it much more annoying when someone uses "whomever" instead of "whoever", or "I" instead of "me", than the other way around. But maybe that's just I. :)

Other than sculpting a witty reply, I'll just concur wholeheartedly . . . to the first sentence, not the last. ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
You are commenting as a guest. If you have an account, please sign in.
Reply to this topic...

×   You have pasted content with formatting.   Remove formatting

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

Loading...