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Meeting Attendance by phone/votes over phone


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Our bylaws simply state that we follow Robert's Rules of Order, so there is no specific bylaw on attendance by phone.  In the past, we have allowed members to call in and participate over speaker phone, but not to vote if not physically present.  Are there specific rules within Robert's Rules on this issue?

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There are a couple of paragraphs on the subject of "electronic meetings" on pages 97-99 of the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised.

So, yes, there are a few rules in The Book.

But The Book also says

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If electronic meetings are to be authorized, it is advisable to adopt additional rules pertaining to their conduct.

For obvious reasons  -- sight, sound, glitches, simultaneous audio reception, verification of membership (vs. non-membership), etc.

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4 hours ago, Guest Katie said:

Our bylaws simply state that we follow Robert's Rules of Order, so there is no specific bylaw on attendance by phone.  In the past, we have allowed members to call in and participate over speaker phone, but not to vote if not physically present.  Are there specific rules within Robert's Rules on this issue?

Yes.  It's prohibited.   You'd need rules in your bylaws to allow for electronic  "attendance"

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