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motion to limit names on ballot


Guest Pastor Gary

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What restrictions does RROONR place on a motion to limit the number of names on succeeding ballots? (I have observed, at several district assemblies (church conventions) the chairman rule that a motion to eliminate names from the immediately imminent ballot cannot be made, stating that such limits can only be made on the following ballot). The only relevant item I can find prohibits the changing of ballots already distributed.

So, for example, following a report of the chairman of the board of tellers (which shows that, of five names on the ballot, the top three each have approximately 25-30% of the vote and the lowest two split the other 15%) is it legal to move to limit the number of names to the top three?

Thanks for your assistance.

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Is it legal to move to limit the number of names to the top three?

Yes but it would take Suspending the Rules (2/3 vote) or adopting a Special Rule of Order (2/3 vote if previous notice was given or a majority of the entire membership if notice wasn't given) in order to do so (RONR p. 441 ll. 5-8 and footnote).

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Yes but it would take Suspending the Rules (2/3 vote) or adopting a Special Rule of Order (2/3 vote if previous notice was given or a majority of the entire membership if notice wasn't given) in order to do so (RONR p. 441 ll. 5-8 and footnote).

The cited footnote reads as though only the last place finisher could be dropped, suggesting you can only thin the field one candidate at a time, not by two as Pastor Gary asks. Is that a fair reading, or am I picking too close to that nit?

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