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  1. It has been suggested by someone that to promote unity in a church for a controversial upcoming vote that someone make a motion to suspend the rules to increase the majority to 80% for the motion to pass. It would take a two thirds vote to suspend the rules, but is that an appropriate use of that type of motion?
  2. 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?
  3. Our organization will be taking the important step of amending our bylaws soon. Can the following bylaws amendment requirement of a "majority vote of [the society]" be interpreted unambiguously? "These rules may be altered or amended at any time by majority vote of the County Committee, provided ten days' notice in writing of the proposed changes shall have been previously given to each member." [emphasis added] For context, the County Committee is the name of the full society these bylaws are for. Should "majority vote of the County Committee" be interpreted as requiring a majority of the e
  4. My question is regarding a church annual meeting that uses Roberts' Rules. 1. Must budget line items (and total operating budget) be passed by a 2/3 majority or does a simple majority suffice? 2. If a budget salary line item is amended on annual meeting floor by a congregation member, despite the fact that an Executive Board is charged by church bylaws to sign all contracts and employ all personnel, does the annual meeting vote trump the Executive Board vote's vote (to employ that person for less money than the annual meeting voted for, by a very close margin)? THANK YOU for any help with thes
  5. In a paper ballot, the vote ends up in a a tie. Do you again revote until a majority vote is accomplished? It seems that a majority is not reached to either pass or fail the issue in the event of a tie. Nobody wins and nobody losses.
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    Voting By Email

    My Board has 13 Voting Members. We recently did an email poll to expend funds with results as follows: 5 Voted “Yes”-Expend the funds 4 Voted “No”-Do Not Expend the Funds 4 Did not Respond While a majority of returned votes (5/9) said yes, I am concerned that I do not have a simple majority of the total possible votes (7/13). Is that a valid concern or does this satisfy the majority vote? Comments welcome-and thank you very much for your opinion.
  7. Okay, I was wrong. I'm not finished with my questions. And quite honestly, the more I read here, the more questions pop into my head. Fortunately, I can also usually find the answer as well if I keep reading. (And I'm now halfway through the Complete Idiot's Guide to Robert's Rules, which has been very helpful in understanding my (brand-spanking new) copy of the 11th edition of RONR.) I am trying to figure out what exactly we have as our "majority" in our bylaws draft. It reads, "All resolutions shall require a simple majority vote, except for the following special resolutions...[A, B, and C]
  8. We have a situation that because of conflict of interest the majority have abstained from voting. In a simple majority vote defined by the by-laws, what is the outcome?
  9. Is there a difference between the terms "majority of members present and voting" and "majority of members present" in Robert's Rules of Order? Shall appreciate to receive a reply with examples, as I think the difference between these two terms is not clearly stated in the Robert's Rules of Order, specially as regards to whether abstentions will have the same effect as the a "no" vote. I shall also greatly appreciate if the difference between these two terms, if actually exists, is added in the Frequently Asked Questions or Official Interpretations of the official website as the chair of our co
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    fractional votes

    If the bylaws call for a 51% majority and that turns out to be a fractional number, how is the fraction treated? For example, 51% of 145 voting members = 73.95. Does it require 73 or 74 votes to pass?
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