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  1. reelsman

    Making a Ballot Vote Unanimous

    Forgive me if I just muse here a little. My limited experience with this kind of motion is a little different. This motion is used in organizations in which the sentiment of solidarity is highly valued (e.g. labor unions or political parties). The intended purpose of the motion is not to change the outcome of the vote previously taken; rather, the motion's purpose is to rouse the assembly to express solidarity for the action just completed. As such, the motion has some value, I suppose. In organizations where it is used in this way, I would not rule the motion out of order. In other organizations, however, I think the motion is dilatory.
  2. reelsman

    Tiny Typo

    I believe the first word in RONR (11th ed.), p. 320, l. 29 should be read as "at", instead of "as".
  3. reelsman

    Changing a Vote by Ballot

    I am of the opinion that what is said in RONR (11th ed.), p. 408, ll. 21-26, does, indeed, apply to votes taken by the ballot method, as well as any other method of voting. I was questioned about this matter during the preparation of the 11th ed. (having to do with the parenthetical reference to p. 22 in the 10th ed.). My response then, and now, is that the referenced rule applies to any method of voting, including any method of secret voting. It is a matter of honor that the member wishing to change his vote accurately and truthfully reports how he voted.
  4. reelsman

    Minutes Approval

    I do not understand what you mean by "Action Session", but RONR, 11th ed., has a whole section devoted to the order of business. Take a look at RONR (11th ed.), §41, pp. 351ff.
  5. reelsman

    Committee vote and Board Vote

    No rule in RONR limits how a member of an executive board can vote on recommendations of a committee of which he was a member.
  6. In small boards and committees, seconds are not necessary, RONR (11th ed.), p. 488, l. 1.
  7. reelsman

    Simultaneous Aural Communication

    Do I sense a "not hole"?
  8. reelsman

    what constitutes a motion

    No. If the report does not recommend any action, what motion would be needed?
  9. reelsman

    Approval of New Members in Order of Business

    The chair would have no reason to know the will of the assembly before making the request.
  10. reelsman

    Approval of New Members in Order of Business

    The instances where the chair's use of unanimous consent are proper are always distinguished by the fact that the use does not give the appearance that the chair is acting in a partial or partisan way. Just for a few examples: The chair may admit a motion that a member has called out without being recognized if no other member had risen to claim the floor The chair may permit a speaker in debate to continue his remarks after the expiration of his time if it is evident that the assembly is absorbed and no one objects The chair may introduce, without objection, a guest speaker in advance of the scheduled time for his presentation or program if the guest speaker needs to be excused from the meeting early
  11. reelsman

    Consideration as a whole

    That's an interesting reply, especially in the light of the new language, "...even by a unanimous vote", in RONR (11th ed.), p. 263, ll. 17,18.
  12. reelsman

    President's Rights

    No. But, if the proper parliamentary procedures are being followed, there should be no reason for the board to be "...at a standstill..." (deadlock?).
  13. reelsman

    Approval of New Members in Order of Business

    I disagree with the application of the cited text in this particular circumstance (though not what is said, in general).
  14. I certainly agree with this.
  15. Who says the member should withdraw from the board's meeting room while actions pertaining to the matter are pending? I certainly did not intend to imply any such thing.