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Changing a vote after the vote

Guest Howard

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I sit on a county commission board of five commissioners.  At our last meeting (on April 6th) a vote on an agenda item took pace.  The chairman announced the results of the item as 4-1 passes.  I sit at on extreme end of the seating of the commissioners and I did not hear who gave the negative vote and I asked who cast the negative vote.  The commissioner sitting to my left said "Ralph" (Ralph is the Chairman) and the Chairman (who sits two seats to my left) said "me". The two other commissioners sit still farther away to my left. 


That was the last item under the Planning and Zoning portion of the agenda.


The Chairman then went on to the agenda that concerned the County Attorney.  The County Attorney said that she had no items for the Board.


The Chairman went on the next item on the agenda which was the County Administrator.  The County Administrator discussed his first item and said that the first item was informational.  No vote was needed.


The County Administrator went on to present a second item of his.  After the County Administrator presented his second item (the second item did not require a vote of the Board)  and after over two minutes had passed since the 4-1 vote of the Planning and Zoning item, a commissioner sitting three seats away form me, said to the person taking the minutes of the meeting, "I joined Ralph in that vote", (referring to the 4-1 Planning and Zoning vote as that was the most recent vote, but never stating that was the vote being referred to).  


Nothing more was said or done.  The Board was not asked if they concurred or not.  The commissioner who said, "I joined Ralph in that vote. It was a 3-2 vote.", did not say he doubted the vote.  The Chairman said he did not hear the no vote.  The chairman sits adjacent to the commissioner who said that he joined Ralph (the chairman) in that vote. The commissioner who said that that he voted with Ralph, said the chairman needed hearing aids.


I listened to the vote on the audio/video over a dozen times.  It is difficult to hear with the multiple "ayes" if the commissioner who said he voted with "Ralph" voted yes, but he is not heard voting against the item when the nays are called for.  


After two minutes passing since the 4-1 vote and after two agenda headings being called by the Chairman to speak and after two items discussed by the County Administrator, and with no call out of "division" and with no commissioner doubting the vote, what is the final status of the vote?  Neither the chairman nor the Board agreed to change the vote as stated by the chairman as 4-1.  The minutes are coming to the Board for approval at our April 20th meeting and the minutes reflect a 3-2 vote for the Planning and Zoning item (based on the statement of the commissioner who stated that he voted with Ralph).


Under Roberts Rules how should the vote be reflected in the minutes?  

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Guest Howard, if you have further questions on your original topic, I think it would be better if you ask your follow up questions in that thread.


Edited to add that additional responses to the same question for the same situation are in this thread that you had posted separately.

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