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Guest Harold McBride

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Guest Harold McBride

How would Roberts Rules Of Order rule on this motion that is now under question from our executive board.

 

A motion was tabled to be voted on at a regularly scheduled executive board meeting. By accident one person attending the meeting did not realize that only executive board members could vote on the motion. The person was involved in the debate with other executive board members who did not realize that this person was not a executive board member. The vote took place and the non board member participated in the debate and cased a vote to which was resulted in a passed motion. Shortly after the meeting it was realized that the non executive board member was not allowed to participate during the debate and the vote.

Question: Should the motion be re submitted due to our board not following our constitution which only allows executive board members to debate and vote on motions that are tabled at a regular executive board meeting. (This meeting was not a Annual General Meeting) 

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The fact that a nonmember (of the Board) participated in debate would not in-of-itself render what was done null and void.  However, if this one person's vote caused the motion to be adopted then yes the vote should be ruled null and void and another vote should be taken.  On the other hand, if this person's vote could not have affected the results of the vote (was it only adopted by 1 vote?) then no re-vote is necessary.  See RONR p. 251(d) and pp. 252-253.

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