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  1. When it comes to a 2/3 majority, I understand that it is 2/3+1. However, let's say I have a chamber of 20, would I round up to 15 or round down to 14?
  2. Guest

    Voting via email

    Our by-laws state, "Officers shall be elected by ballot, email, or voice vote, preferably in the month of March." and, "Voting on matters of the Club may be by voice; however, if requested by any member, it may be by ballot." There is no other mention of the voting process. For the first time in our organization of less than 20 members we have multiple nominations for office. Not all of the membership attends meetings nor are they required to do so. To hold elections, the board was going to email the members requesting their vote be emailed to the board with a deadline for response. Does this sound adequate? The board is small, and the by-laws are vague. TIA!
  3. I have a question, we had a vote for regular membership from Probationary membership at our last meeting, some are questioning whether the vote was legal because some are questions some of the voters qualifications to vote. Historically, we have never qualified the voters for general company business, only for elections of officers. The individual was not accepted for regular membership and some are calling the vote illegal and want a re-vote. I am including the sections of our bylaws that govern qualifications to vote. Any assistance would be great! We have historically allowed hand votes and ballot votes on motions at "Regular" meetings not Elections by any member that is not a probationary member. ARTICLE III - CLASSIFICATION OF MEMBERSHIP Section 1 – Regular Member a. Any member, whether probationary, Active, Life, Cadet, or Supporting shall be considered a Regular member if said member successfully met the requirements of the County Bill No. XX-XX as amended by Bill No. XX-XX, and entitled Pension Benefits: Chapter XX Article XX, Section X-X (herein after called the Pension System) for the previous year. b. Failure to meet the participation requirements for the calendar year shall result in a change of status to at Life Membership or if ineligible for Life membership, then to Affiliate membership. Life and Affiliate members may regain Regular membership status by meeting the participation requirements for Regular members for the previous pension year. Section 2 – Active Member (Added May 2005) a. Is a person who participates in Fire or EMS duties and meets the requirements of a regular member. b. May vote and hold office if eligible under Article VII. Section 3 – Probationary Member a. Is a person who receives a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of acceptance from the Active membership at a regularly scheduled Company meeting. The probationary period shall be a minimum of six (6) months from the date of the majority vote. b. Disapproved applications for membership shall not be resubmitted for at least six (6) months from the date of disapproval and the application fee shall be returned to the disapproved applicant. c. Shall not vote or hold office. d. Shall be eligible for Active membership after six (6) months, if he/she has successfully completed a Basic Firemanship Course or Fire Fighter First Responder training or above and a valid CPR certification, and does not have any disciplinary action against him/her. If above training has not been successfully completed after one (1) year, he/she shall be classified as a supporting member, if eligible for this classification, see Article III, Section 2e, until he/she meets the above requirements.
  4. The chair change the date of our normal meeting the secretary notify member 2 weeks in advance so people would have time to rearrange schedules to make the meeting. Then Can a council member take it on them self to decide to have Change a meeting date back to the date the chair had changed it from & have a vote on board position. They had a quorum at there meeting according to are bylaws but the chair, secretary, and treasurer were not present during there vote/meeting? Does it make there vote legal?
  5. The chair change the date of our normal meeting the secretary notify member 2 weeks in advance so people would have time to rearrange schedules to make the meeting. Then Can a council member take it on them self to decide to have Change a meeting date back to the date the chair had changed it from & have a vote on board position. They had a quorum at there meeting according to are bylaws but the chair, secretary, and treasurer were not present during there vote/meeting? Does it make there vote legal?
  6. I need help! Can anyone tell me: if there are not enough members to vote consecutively for three months. How does the group proceed?
  7. My non profit orginization recently voted on a number of bylaw changes. These bylaw ammendments did not get the necessary number of votes to be aproved. At the next board meeting these same bylaws have been presented to be voted on again. The only difference in the presentation of these bylaws are that the vote is to be made on a line by line vote of each ammendment. Not all together as a whole as was the previous vote. This vote to take place 2 months after they had previously been voted down. How many times can the members be asked to vote for the same bylaw ammendments? Is splitting up the same bylaw ammendments for another revote allowed? How often can an organization be allowed to vote on the same changes? Thanks for your time and advice. Some members of the BOD have stated that we will keep on voting on these bylaw changes until they get them passed. That does not seem right to me. What is the rule? David
  8. Our not for profit Board has had a lot of turnover this year. The president has left the board and a new President will be elected. In the interim, our bylaws state the Vice President will perform the actions of the president if they are unable to do so. Since we have no president, I assume this means the vice president is the acting president. In our Bylaws we also state that the President only votes in case of a tie. We are voting for a specific punishment, since the vice president is the acting president, would she be able to vote on the discpline or only in case of a tie?
  9. It seems to me that the practice of conducting a one-by-one verbal survey during discussion and prior to a vote about how each member plans to vote is not in line with RROO, but I cannot find anything written to that effect in the 11th edition. The consistent result seems to be peer-pressured unanimous votes. Can anyone confirm/help me? I would really appreciate it!
  10. We have a 7 member board. Our by-laws state a quorum is a majority of appointed members, which is 4. A motion requires a simple majority to pass. The by-laws do not state if the simple majority must be those present or of the full board. In this instance, all members happened to be present. Here is the vote: 4 abstained (3 for perceived conflict of interest & 1 with no conflict who chose not to vote), 2 voted yes, & 1 voted no. The board president declared that the motion passed. Is she correct?
  11. Hello At a recent AGM we held an election with 6 candidates for 5 positions. The bylaws state that there is a majority vote process with those receiving the highest number of votes to fill all the vacant positions are elected. After the election results were announced and the AGM adjourned it was discovered that one of the candidates did not meet all the requirements in the bylaws to run, and hence were ineligible. They have agreed to not serve due to this. With a wierd distibution of votes, the sixth place candidate also selected on more the 50% of the ballots. Reading through RONR it appears to me that the votes for the ineligible candidate should not have counted. What I don’t see anywhere is what is the outcome? Is the other candidate put into the position? Would the above outcome have been the same if the ineligibility had been discovered during the AGM or during the counting of the ballots? Using the “what if it happened six months before/after” thought process, I would think that had this been discovered after the officer had been active on the Board when this was discovered then it would lead to a Board vacancy. This leads me to think there may be outcome might change depending on where this was discovered. Thanks Dean
  12. Our current bylaws call for a 2/3 vote of the entire board to remove the CEO, and it has been asked if we want to change to a simple majority or another level. I'm having a hard time finding what is typical. Can anyone tell me what most common practice is?
  13. Are ex-officio members of a committee allowed to vote? I've always heard they have a "voice" but "no vote."
  14. can a item brought up at a meeting be voted on if members are not previously made aware of the subject.
  15. can a item brought up at a meeting be voted on if members are not previously made aware of the subject.
  16. Guest

    Nominating Chair

    In my organization, there are 7 members of the nominating committee to slate people for elected office. One member is selected as chair. Can the chair vote when deciding on a nomination?
  17. The President of our HOA Conducted a Vote of the Membership to have a Monies taken from our Contingency Fund without having a Motion, Second, or Vote from the Board. Also, the Vote was done online. Is this Legal under Roberts Rules ?
  18. Guest

    legal motion

    If a motion is made and seconded and voted on before asking for the question, is it a legal vote?
  19. Can a Board member up for election carry a proxy for his/her own election?
  20. Our structure is that we have a President and a Chairman of the Board. Within that structure does the president have a vote?
  21. I had a member ask if he could give someone his proxy for the election at our Annual Business meeting since he will not be able to attend. The only part of the bylaws that list proxy voting is when proposing an amendment to the bylaws. The election section state the candidate receiving the most votes shall be elected. Historically, I've never seen anyone use the proxy voting method so I'm not sure how it works. Can he proxy for the election and would that mean it would count as part of the quorum? Also, does he need to specify what his proxy would count towards or does it give the other person the right to use his proxy for all voting at that meeting? I don't want to tell him the wrong thing. I'm a little confused and would like your opinions to help me make a more informed decision. The internet can only give you so much when your not sure what you are looking for. Our bylaws are definitely i need of a professional's touch. We are in the process of looking for a Professional Parliamentarian to help us. I have attached the sections about voting from our bylaws for your review if needed. Thank you LCCPAAA Bylaws - Voting Sections Only.pdf
  22. If the parlamentarian is a member of the organization for which s/he is serving in said capacity, is that individual permitted to introduce and discuss specific legislation or would this be considered a conflict of interest given the nature and role of the parlamentarian?
  23. If a member voted for herself for president, is it true that the chair should tell the member that they may only vote in the event of a tie? I remember reading in RONR that no member can be forced not to vote on a motion that would be to the contrary of that statement.
  24. Our nonprofit youth organization has a by law I am hoping to get clarification on. It states anyone who attends 6 of our open meetings earns voting privileges and is considered a member. They do not hold an officer position. However someone who has attend the required meetings is now asking to be included on officer communications and to attend closed meetings. Can someone give me some insight as to how this is suppose to work since the bylaws give no specifics? Our officers are voted in by the board and hold tittles as well as responsibilities at our organization so I am questioning why someone who attends an amount of meeting would hold the same privilege as the officers
  25. 2 months ago we voted on a motion and it passed with over 2/3 votes, the following month the minutes were read and accepted, now this month a different group of members attended the meeting and a new motion was to cancel or resend the motion that had passed, they voted and 2/3 vote in favor to resend, or over turn. Can this happen? if so how many times can this be done on the adopted rule?
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