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Ballot Voting by President

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Can a president of an organization, who has membership, vote in elections if they are done by secret ballot?


RONR places no voting restrictions on the president assuming he is a member of the assembly that is meeting.  However, if he is also the presiding officer at the meeting, while he always retains the right to vote (on motions and in elections), he does not exercise it in order to maintain the appearance of impartiality, with two exceptions:  1) When the vote is by ballot, and 2) if his vote could affect the result.  Like any member, he also always retains the right to abstain in either case. (RONR 11th ed., pp. 405-406)

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