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Question: How to resolve a vote on a motion when a plurality vote does not reach a majority? A motion will be made to choose by ballot one option from among four proposed choices. It is expected that no single choice will receive a majority vote. The assembly’s bylaws contain no rules about voting, deferring to the latest edition of Robert’s Rules for guidance. RONR (11th Ed, p. 4, ll. 3-5) states that in the absence of a written bylaw or rule “a proposition must be adopted by a majority vote.” Furthermore, “A plurality that is not a majority never chooses a proposition or elects anyone to off
Bylaws require directors to be elected to the board by ballot. Bylaws also require plurality vote when there are more candidates than vacancies. Statute requires that meetings be governed by the latest edition of RONR. Thre are three vacancies and three candidates. Fifty ballots are cast. The results are: candidate A, 45 votes; candidate B, 30 votes; candidate C, 20 votes. 1. RONR, 11th ed., pp 404-405 (I believe that is correct, I don't have my book with me) states that any candidate not receiving a majority is not elected to office. A majority of what? A majority of the ballots tha
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?