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Is it possible to have discussion on an item AFTER a vote is taken on that same item. In other words, if one desired to explain his or her vote in more detail.

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Certainly it is possible; but it definately is not in order. Debating a motion (which is what "explaining one's vote" amounts to) after the vote is taken serves no legitimate parliamentary purpose.

Edited to correct spelling error.

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Is it possible to have discussion on an item AFTER a vote is taken on that same item. In other words, if one desired to explain his or her vote in more detail.

Thank you.

In a meeting, it's not in order. Outside a meeting, the member is not restricted from expounding his personal philosophies. I'm sure they're fascinating. :)

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In a meeting, it's not in order. Outside a meeting, the member is not restricted from expounding his personal philosophies. I'm sure they're fascinating. :)

Good clarification. I assumed the OP was refering to explaining in a meeting. Certainly, what happens outside a meeting rarely is giverbed by parliamentary rules.

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Prior to the vote, if a member feels that he/she needs to explain his/her vote, then the member should explain why. After the vote it would be too late. However, a member could ask for leave to explain. The only time I can possibly see where a member should be given an opportunity to speak after the vote would be in the case of a person who moves a motion. The member cannot speak against the motion during debate, but may vote against the motion.

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