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Here is the situation:

1. In a large assembly, a division vote has started.

2. While the vote is being conducted, a member raises a point of order that a quorum is not present.

3. At that moment, the chair is not certain whether a quorum is present.

Should the chair stop the vote and conduct a quorum count, or overrule the point of order, or do something else?

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No.

No interruptions during voting -- p. 408.

The member should (had better or it will be too late) bring up the quorum question, as a point of order, right away after the vote is completed and the results announced - p. 250, line 30

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Here is the situation:

1. In a large assembly, a division vote has started.

2. While the vote is being conducted, a member raises a point of order that a quorum is not present.

3. At that moment, the chair is not certain whether a quorum is present.

Should the chair stop the vote and conduct a quorum count, or overrule the point of order, or do something else?

"Interruptions during the taking of a vote are permitted only before any member

has actually voted, unless, as sometimes occurs in ballot voting, other business is being transacted during voting or tabulating." RONR (11th ed.), p. 408

The chair should first announce the result of the vote, or at least which side "has it", and then entertain the point of order.

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"Interruptions during the taking of a vote are permitted only before any member

has actually voted, unless, as sometimes occurs in ballot voting, other business is being transacted during voting or tabulating." RONR (11th ed.), p. 408

The chair should first announce the result of the vote, or at least which side "has it", and then entertain the point of order.

And a point of order at that time could certainly generate some clear and convincing proof to give the point of order retrospective effect, in accordance with RONR (11th ed.), p. 349, ll. 21-28.

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