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Vote on a motion with an abstention

Guest Ken Callahan

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5 member board, 4 members present at a meeting. Vote of a motion is 2 for, 1 against, 1 abstains. Does the motion fail?

A 2-1 vote is certainly a majority since there are more Yes than No votes, and it also passes the criterion for a 2/3 vote; in fact, it is exactly two thirds. Abstentions are not votes, and should neither be called for nor counted. Presumably, a quorum was present.

So unless you have special rules about voting, that's the story.

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