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We have by-laws that require secret ballot voting. After voting, votes counted & results announced at meeting can board members ask for a show of hands or ask members to stand to show how they voted (for or against)?

As noted, members are free to ask, but members are free to refuse. It is not in order to adopt any motion which would compel members to reveal how they voted in the secret ballot.

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I would say that even asking would be improper, at least during a meeting. Members are free to conceal or reveal how they voted (although they are also able to lie about how they voted). But I would rule any request for a show of hands in such a situation to be out of order.

Now that I think about it more, I believe I would agree.

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