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Hello All,

Two months ago at our meeting there was a motion to have the price of admittion a certain price.There was one minority vote and he spoke his peace. the motion was adopted at original price. Then next month,the same minority person motioned to have the price changed. he was successful with his motion and voted was infavor to change. That vote passed. This month it was brought to our attention that because he was the minority voter, and he called the motion, it was not official way of motion seeing he was the only minority voter two months ago.

Sorry if this is confusing but im new to rules and want to learn more ...Thank U

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It doesn't matter who made the second motion (any member could have done so) but since it was, in effect, a motion to amend something previously adopted (ASPA), the voting threshold is higher. However regardless of the vote, if the chair declared the motion adopted (even mistakenly), then it was adopted.

Of course the second motion can, itself, be amended at a later meeting. Very little is carved in stone in parliamentary procedure.

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Hello All,

Two months ago at our meeting there was a motion to have the price of admittion a certain price.There was one minority vote and he spoke his peace. the motion was adopted at original price. Then next month,the same minority person motioned to have the price changed. he was successful with his motion and voted was infavor to change. That vote passed. This month it was brought to our attention that because he was the minority voter, and he called the motion, it was not official way of motion seeing he was the only minority voter two months ago.

Sorry if this is confusing but im new to rules and want to learn more ...Thank U

To amend something previously adopted requires either a) a two-thirds vote; b ) notice and a majority vote; or c) a majority of the ENTIRE membership. Any member can make such a motion.

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To use an example, if the vote, originally, was 6 in favor and one opposed, then it passed - as your narrative indicated. Then, in the subsequent meeting, when the one original voter changed some minds, presumably without prior notice of the motion, for that motion to pass (amend something previously adopted), it would have required a 2/3 vote (so a 4-3 vote in favor would NOT pass, for example) OR a majority vote of the entire membership. If the total membership was 7 (not just those present), then a 4-3 vote would pass. BUT if the membership was greater than 7, then 4 votes in favor is not a majority of the membership.

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