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We have a situation that because of conflict of interest the majority have abstained from voting. In a simple majority vote defined by the by-laws, what is the outcome?

First of all, what do you mean "defined in the by-laws" as it pertains to a "simple majority vote?"

Moving on, a majority vote means more than half of the votes cast. Even if everybody but one member abstains, and the voting member votes "yes", then the motion passes.

But, back to my first question -- how is a "simple majority" defined in your bylaws?

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We have a situation that because of conflict of interest the majority have abstained from voting.

If that many members share the same "conflict of interest", they need not abstain from voting (as far as RONR is concerned). Your rules may vary but RONR advises abstaining only in instances not common to other members (p.407).

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