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Can you have multiple questions to vote on on the same electronic ballot, or are you limited to one question on one ballot at a time? Can you have multiple electronic ballots out on different questions due on different days? Also, while electronic voting is going on, can you have board correspondance or board discussions on another topic?

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There was a vote to close an operation of our corporation. The vote was four to keep the operation going and four to cease the operation. The ninth voting board member was absent and did not vote. Since the vote was a tie does this permit the corporation to continue this operation or must there be another vote to break the tie? Since there was an equal number of votes cast both for the continuance and for the closure of this corporately owned operation what are Robert's Rules concerning this issue?

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There was a vote to close an operation of our corporation. The vote was four to keep the operation going and four to cease the operation. The ninth voting board member was absent and did not vote. Since the vote was a tie does this permit the corporation to continue this operation or must there be another vote to break the tie? Since there was an equal number of votes cast both for the continuance and for the closure of this corporately owned operation what are Robert's Rules concerning this issue?

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Please put a new topic like this as a new thread. A tie vote defeats the motion.

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Since the vote was a tie does this permit the corporation to continue this operation or must there be another vote to break the tie?

There is no need for another vote. The motion fails. Since the motion was to close the operation, that would mean the operation continues for the time being.

The members who desire to close the operation may make another motion to do so at a future meeting, if they wish.

Since there was an equal number of votes cast both for the continuance and for the closure of this corporately owned operation what are Robert's Rules concerning this issue?

Your premise suggests a misunderstanding of parliamentary law. It is not correct to think in terms of "votes cast for the continuance" and "votes cast for the closure." Thinking in such terms understandably leads to confusion in the case of a tie. Rather, the members are voting either "Yes" or "No" on a proposal before the assembly - in this case, to close the operation. A majority (more than half) of the votes must be in the affirmative ("Yes") for the motion's adoption. Anything less (even a tie) means that the motion fails.

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