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Guest Scott Bauer

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Dear RONR:

 

I work for a 3-member board. 1-member was absent today. With two members and one chairing does the chairman always need to step down from the chair and vote on every votable item, or can the chairman simply call for the question and allow the non-chairman member to vote? If the chairman dissents of course, he would step down from the chair and dissent.

 

Thank you,

Scott

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See RONR page 53, starting on line 15. The presiding officer (if a member) usually only votes when his vote would make a difference. (i.e. to make OR break a tie, RONR ).    In a small board (RONR p 487-488), the presiding officer (chairman) usually just votes as normal. But in no case does the chairman need to 'step down'. 

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A three member board? The chairman (if a member) votes whenever he wants to.

 

And even in large assemblies, the chairman may vote any time his single vote would make a difference, or whenever the vote is by ballot, without stepping down from anything, so effectively he never loses the right to affect the outcome of a vote, even when he does not vote..

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