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Number of items on a ballot


Guest Ellen M Kern

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RONR doesn't deal with multiple choice ballots except in elections - preferential ballots. And these require bylaws rules and descriptions to be authorized.

All other RONR-type decisions are binary.

But Move A, then move to amend by replacing A with B, then move to amend by replacing B with C, then vote on those choices "back down", is proper, although a tad complicated (and fraught with potential strange problems relating to voting theory).

Or read up on "Filling Blanks", p. 162.

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Can there be more than two options on a ballot for a vote? For example can you ask voting members to choose either A, B, or C; or does it have to be an A or B choice then The"winner" or C?

How about:

Choose one:

Mitt Romney

Newt Gingrich

Rick Santorum

Ron Paul

That's four.

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Yes, you can more than two options. Everyone could vote for their choice and the choice that receives a majority of votes casts wins. And if necessary there can be several rounds of balloting. So with three options, all three are listed and balloting continues until one of the three options receives a majority of votes casts.

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3 Way? Only if a rule to "drop the lowest and vote again" is present in your bylaws. p. 441.

Or adopted as a Special Rule of Order to take #3 off the ballot, and that option will not prevent people from voting for the "third man" anyway. Only a bylaw can prevent votes for the "third man" from counting and (almost) assure a majority between the other two.

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