Guest Charlie Posted February 28, 2013 at 02:08 PM Report Share Posted February 28, 2013 at 02:08 PM I made a motion at the last department meeting and there was a vote. 5 people voted in favor of my proposal and 0 voted against. 11 people abstained. 16 people is a quorum. I don't know why they abstained but it does not matter. The bylaws of the constitution require just a simple majority and then defers to Robert's rules.Here is what I can get from doing a little research:1) Abstentions are not votes—in fact, it is an oxymoron because if you abstain, you are refusing to vote.2) Therefore there are only two choices—to pass or to reject the motion. 3) There was a quorum present4) A plurality is not mentioned in the bylaws nor is the requirement that a majority be of the persons present. It just calls for simple majority. Besides, an abstention is not a vote choice--it is a choice to not vote.5) Majority vote is defined as more than half of the votes cast by those entitled to vote, excluding blanks or abstentions, at a meeting at which a quorum is present.So, my motion passed. Am I wrong? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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